IPv6 for mobile operators at LTE Asia 2013

LTE Asia 2013 is taking a place in Singapore from 17 to 19 September 2013. LTE Asia is one of the largest industry conferences on LTE networks.

LTE Asia 2013 is taking a place in Singapore from 17 to 19 September 2013. LTE Asia is one of the largest industry conferences on Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, and it attracts major mobile network operators and vendors across the AP region. The organizers expect more than 1,000 participants, and more than 50% of them will be decision makers of organizations.

Learn from others' deployment experiences

APNIC is focused on raising awareness about deploying IPv6, as one of the most important issues related to IPv4 exhaustion for mobile network operators deploying LTE networks. APNIC will attend LTE Asia 2013 along with T-Mobile USA to talk to mobile operators about IPv6 deployment. APNIC’s Member Services Manager, George Kuo, will be in Singapore to meet key decision makers within the Asia Pacific mobile network industry.

T-Mobile USA’s Principal Architect of Network Strategy and Product Architecture, Mehul Shah, will present the IPv6 deployment experience at T-Mobile in “IPv6 in Mobile Networks: Lessons Learned and Strategies Forward” on Wednesday, 18 September at 16:40 (UTC +8).

Many economies in the AP region are leap-frogging traditional connectivity methods straight into mobile networks. Given the recent robust increase of mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, it is clear that many Internet users in economies experiencing strong economic growth are accessing the Internet through mobile devices. In fact, most of these users are only using mobile devices to connect to the Internet when compared with Internet users in more mature economies. Mobile devices are much cheaper than personal computers, and cellular networks do not carry the high cost of cable installation on land.

From the Internet infrastructure point of view, the implication of this significant growth in Internet users, especially via mobile devices, simply means a matching parallel growth in the demand of IP addresses at this time of IPv4 address exhaustion. In addition to meeting the demands for IP addresses from the existing fixed networks, service providers need to cope with demand for IP addresses coming from wireless networks and mobile cellular phone networks.

IPv6 is important for mobile operators

LTE network deployments are increasing globally, and they are starting to provide inclusive IP based services for voice, video, messaging, and data. The increased mobile device usage has inflated the demand for IP addresses, which will significantly increase the costs and scalability issues associated with mobile broadband network services. IPv6 provides a long-term, scalable solution with fewer operational and maintenance issues than IPv4 networks deployed in NAT (Network Address Translation) environments. The deployment of Large Scale NAT, or LSN, also known as Carrier Grade Nat (CGN), without having a plan for IPv6 deployment will only extend the lifetime of the IPv4 addresses, and not solve the core issue of IPv4 address depletion.

IPv6@APNIC and LTE networks

APNIC coordinated IPv6 sessions at recent APNIC Conferences to explore this topic by inviting high calibre speakers. The presentations are available on apnic.net/ipv6:

Read more about the business case for IPv6 in the APNIC report, IPv6 for Decision Makers.