June 5, 2013 – Nabil Bukhalid, President ISOC Lebanon
One year after WORLD IPV6 LAUNCH DAY the number of IPv6 connected Internet users doubled and major network providers and web companies offer IPv6 as a standard service.
“The year since World IPv6 Launch began has cemented what we know will be an increasing reality on the Internet: IPv6 is ready for business,” said Leslie Daigle, the Internet Society’s Chief Internet Technology Officer. “Forward-looking network operators are successfully using IPv6 to reduce their dependency on expensive, complex network address translation systems (CGNs) to deal with a shortage of IPv4 addresses. Leaders of organizations that aspire to reach all Internet users must accelerate their IPv6 deployment plans now, or lose an important competitive edge.”
For those not familiar with IPv6, it’s the next generation Internet address numbering set to replace the current IPv4. With the incredible growth of internet connected devices like smartphones, tablets, etc., we’re quickly running out of available IPv4 addresses. IPv6 provides more than 340 trillion, trillion, trillion addresses, will connect the billions of people not connected today and will help ensure the Internet can continue its current growth rate indefinitely.
Unfortunately IPv4 and IPv6 are not compatible and they should coexist during the transition period. There are many ways to transition, but a popular method involves assigning both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses until most of the internet supports IPv6. This transition has been slow going, but with the impending IPv4 address crunch many anticipate that it will accelerate. Most operating systems, devices, and ISPs are IPv6-ready, but user adoption has been slow.
As part of its commitment to promote IPv6 migration and support and facilitate the deployment of IPv6 in Lebanon, ISOC-LB established and IPv6 Task Force and organized a series of activities in 2012.
– IPv6 Roadshow – May 21 to 25, 2012 (5 days workshop)
– World IPv6 Launch, June 6, 2012 (awareness)
– ISOC Lebanon Gathering “for a Better Internet”, October 18, 2012 (awareness)
– IPv6 Roadshow – December 18 to 20, 2012 (3 days workshop)
– ISOC Lebanon Gathering – March 21, 2013 (awareness)
– “The urgent need for IPv6 and DNSSEC deployment in Lebanon” – April 25, 2013 (awareness)
Lebanon IPv6 Task Force Mandate:
– Develop IPv6 deployment framework
– Raising awareness around IPv6 by reaching out to ISPs, banks, government agencies and large service providers and institutions
– Hands-on training on IPv6
– Assisted IPv6 deployment starting with ISPs, banks, etc.
– Measuring and advertizing IPv6 penetration in Lebanon
Lebanon IPv6 RIPEness:
Lebanon IPv6 RIPEness went up from 3% to 62% in 1 year. IPv6 RIPEness is a rating system which awards stars to RIPE NCC members depending on how IPv6 ready they are. Stars are awarded for:
1 Star – Having an IPv6 allocation
2 Stars – Visibility in the Routing Information Service (RIS)
3 Stars – Having a route6 object in the RIPE Database
4 Stars – Having a reverse DNS delegation set up
But we cannot celebrate victory yet as Lebanon’s only gateway to the Internet is managed by OGERO and OGERO is still not IPv6 ready and we don’t know if they are investing any efforts towards that objective. So currently IPv6 connections out of Lebanon are all via IPv4 tunnel, not a sustainable solution if they will start to offer the service to their clients.
Also, Lebanon is still slightly lagging as compared to the global status as 48% of Lebanon’s LIRs don’t have an IPv6 allocation yet.
You may wonder what regular internet users can do to support the transition to IPv6:
– Lobby for IPv6 adoption by creating the demand. One way is to ask OGERO and your ISP for IPv6 on your DSL accounts. Also, ask Alpha and Touch for IPv6 on your 3G/4G accounts. Your laptops, tablets and smartphones all support IPv6 without any special configuration. However, your ISPs might have to upgrade your broadband modems to one that could support both IPv4 and IPv6.
– Join Lebanon IPv6 Taskforce. Be part of the IPv6 core and/or supporting team of volunteers working hand in hand to spread the IPv6 penetration in Lebanon. (email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest)
As a platform for innovation and economic development, the Internet plays a critical role in the daily lives of billions. This momentum has not slowed and IPv6 adoption continues to skyrocket, fast establishing itself as the “new normal” and a must-have for any business with an eye towards the future.
For more information about companies that have deployed IPv6, as well as links to useful information for users and how other companies can participate in the continued deployment of IPv6, please visit:http://www.worldipv6launch.org