India Plans To Switch To IPv6 By 2012

The Government has released the roadmap for Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) deployment in the country in a time bound manner. It has also decided to form an IPv6 Task Force in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode for timely implementation of IPv6 in the country. IPv4, the initial version of address platform is already overburdened in India with 18.4 million registered addresses and is expected to exhaust the available space globally by March 2012. This initiative of has come at most appropriate time when a concerted effort is needed on part of all stakeholders to migrate to a higher platform i.e. IPv6, said minister of communications & information technology Thiru A.Raja. Stating that IPv6 deployment in India has so far been mostly a Government led initiative, the minister invited all the stakeholders to come forward and to make the activities of this task force a success. “This roadmap and the formation of the IPv6 Task Force together would enable citizens to start using IPv6 services by March 2012. For this all Telecom and Internet Service providers are required to become IPv6 compliant by December-2011 and offer IPv6 services thereafter,” the minister said. Fast exhausting of IPv4 address space, growing demand for new addresses globally and expanding communication networks have necessitated timely action and implementation of new strategies to address the issue. IPv6 has 128 bits as compared to the limited addressing space of only 32 bits in IPv4. The secretary department of Information Technology R ChandraShekhar said, “IPv6 is the next generation Internet Protocol with improvement over the initial version of IPv4. It is a scalable Internet technology with a potential to help the Internet reach 1.1 billion people of India. USA, EU, Japan and other countries are deploying IPv6 today, that role of IPv6 is not limited to Internet access alone but it is important in defence, e-Governance and other crucial government projects. IP security in IPv6 provides end-to-end security implying that data is secured from the originating workstation through various routers of the Internet to the destined workstation.” All Central and State Government Ministries and Departments, including its PSUs, shall switch over to IPv6 services by March-2012. The transition from IPv4 to IP6 will affect many organisations and no organisation can bring this change alone.

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