APNIC at the Global IPv6 Summit, Beijing

APNIC Senior IPv6 Program Specialist Miwa Fujii will present the work of the APNIC IPv6 Program at the upcoming Global IPv6 & Next Generation Internet Summit in Beijing, China.

APNIC Senior IPv6 Program Specialist Miwa Fujii will give a presentation entitled, “Business and Innovation: The IPv6 Balancing Act” at the upcoming Global IPv6 & Next Generation Internet Summit in Beijing, China. The theme of this year's Global Summit is, "Accelerate New Generation Information Infrastructure Construction: Promote Information Network Technology Widespread Use".

The Global IPv6 & Next Generation Internet Summit is an opportunity for Internet experts and government representatives to present the current status and projections of IPv6 deployment initiatives and policies, and to examine future trends.

APNIC participates in IPv6 events like the Global Summit, and other events in the Asia Pacific, as part of an ongoing commitment to support real and tangible IPv6 deployment in the region. APNIC supports regional and global IPv6 deployment as the best option for the future growth, scalability, and overall health of the Internet, and strongly encourages all organizations to act now if they have not yet begun the transition process.

IPv6 deployment has experienced large growth during the last two years, and in the last 12 months the global Internet has seen an eightfold growth of IPv6-enabled end users. New service provider networks are a good place to start enabling IPv6, by making IPv6 a default for new customers.

Carrier Grade NAT or any other mechanisms that provide IPv4-to-IPv4 connectivity on Network Address Translator (NAT) platforms (that is, NAT444) are not transition mechanisms to IPv6. They are technologies to prolong IPv4 address availability by using private IPv4 address space in Service Provider (SP) networks. These mechanisms only serve to extend the lifetime of IPv4 and should be considered a short-term solution at best. Some operators may require these in the short term, but any IPv6 transition technology should align with long-term goals to complete a transition to IPv6.

The APNIC IPv6 Program, led by Miwa Fujii, is responding to feedback from the APNIC Survey 2012 to increase activities to support IPv6 deployment such as sharing widely on the experience of others and best current practices, as well as reaching out to a variety of stakeholders with actionable information.

Like many other parts of the world, Internet growth in the Asia Pacific region means mobile network growth. China Mobile is currently working to turn on IPv6 in their TD-LTE network, and Korea's SK Telecom first tested IPv6 over their LTE network in 2012. There are several IETF Internet-Drafts available that describe IPv6 deployment specifications and requirements for mobile networks.

Miwa Fujii said there are lessons to be learned from large mobile network deployments such as Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA, which were shared during the recent IPv6 Plenary at APNIC 35 in Singapore.

"While it's true that deploying IPv6 in mobile networks presents unique challenges, such as convergence with previous generation radio networks or implementing changes in internal systems, IPv6 is ready to be used in mobile networks and it will save costs for network operators," Miwa said.

APNIC supports IPv6 deployment as the ultimate solution to IPv4 exhaustion, and will continue to provide information on IPv6 deployment efforts undertaken across the region to encourage widespread transition.