APNIC supports IPv6 deployment in Viet Nam

APNIC's Senior IPv6 Program Specialist Miwa Fujii will present to business decision makers at the Viet Nam IPv6 Day in Ho Chi Minh City.

APNIC will participate in the Viet Nam IPv6 Day Conference this week in Ho Chi Minh City. APNIC actively engages with the regional Internet community to assist those implementing IPv6 transition programs by providing information for various industry stakeholders, such as technical engineers and decision makers.

The Viet Nam National IPv6 Task Force, led by the Viet Nam Ministry of Information and Communications and VNNIC, collaborated closely with the Viet Namese Internet industry during the past few years in supporting IPv6 adoption by benchmarking against the National Action Plan on IPv6 to achieve certain goals. In Viet Nam, transit provider networks generally have IPv6 capability in the core, and we expect support will be increased for the "last mile" during the next few years to grow the base of end users with access to IPv6, via those IPv6-enabled access and core networks.

APNIC's Senior IPv6 Program Specialist, Miwa Fujii, will give a presentation entitled, "Business and Innovation: The IPv6 Balancing Act" to show that there is a strong business case for IPv6 deployment.

"IPv6 deployment in the region has gained momentum during the last few years. Major global content providers are now IPv6-ready, and some local content providers are now in transition. End user readiness across the region is growing, so there is no reason to delay," Miwa said.

In her presentation, Miwa will also emphasize that large-scale NATs that are not deployed alongside an IPv6 transition, will cost businesses more in the long run.

"Local ISPs need to make informed decisions about their respective IPv6 transition planning. Extending the lifetime of IPv4 without deploying any IPv6 transition strategy will not scale to future growth. The commonly applied successful strategies to deploy IPv6, which are shared among network operators that have already successfully deployed IPv6 services, are to provide IPv6 as a default for new subscribers and upgrade existing IPv4 subscribers during a service upgrade opportunity," Miwa said.

IPv6 deployment is a particular challenge for mobile network operators, with the substantially increasing subscriber base of mobile broadband users.

"This is an area of tremendous growth, and the implications go further than simply growth in the number of devices. These devices hold IP addresses longer and make more connections. IPv4 does not support today's business needs, and we must avoid putting such a large growth engine in a small cage," Miwa said.

In addition to community outreach activities, such as attending major IPv6 events in the region, the APNIC IPv6 Program supports IPv6 deployment by providing hands-on training courses in several formats, including post-training Engineering Assistance.