Neotel switches to IPv6
Neotel reports that it marked world IPv6 Day, 8 June, by becoming fully IPv6 capable and connecting its first IPv6 customer.
IP, the Internet Protocol, is the basis of the Internet as we know it. Currently, most of the Internet uses IP version 4 (IPv4), from which we get the IP addresses familiar to anyone who has had to configure or test their broadband service.
Unfortunately, the authors of IPv4 thought that the world would never run out of the four billion IP addresses it supports. Unfortunately, it has. IP version 6 (IPv6) solves this problem by supporting many, many more addresses - about a hundred IPv6 addresses for every atom on earth - 2 to the power of 128, to be exact.
Earlier this year, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), which issues all IP addresses, assigned the last blocks of IPv4 addresses to its various regional authorities. AfriNIC, which issues African IP addresses, projects that it will hand out the last of these addresses some time in 2012. After that, other than moving around existing IPv4 addresses, the only solution will be to migrate to IPv6.
The Internet Society (ISOC) declared 8 June 2011 as World IPv6 Day, intended to provide a global test flight of the IPv6 capabilities of web providers, network operators, and Internet Service Providers. A large number of major websites signed up, allowing users with IPv6 capability, and connected to an IPv6 capable network, to test IPv6 end-to-end across the Internet on this day. This 24-hour global test of IPv6 was designed to help Internet stakeholders prepare for a successful transition from IPv4 to IPv6.
Neotel said its first IPv6 customer was Peregrine Holdings, a South African financial services company.
The company said that although its carrier customers are generally prepared for IPv6, many enterprises are still unprepared. The company noted that it offered true, global IPv6 capability in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Neotel's shareholder, Tata Communications, is a global Tier 1 Internet provider, with a points of presence in Africa. In particular, Neotel operates two of these global Tier 1 points of presence in Johannesburg and Cape Town, respectively. Customers who use Neotel's Internet services have an onramp to the core of the Internet right here in South Africa, with the exceptionally high availability and performance that results from using all four major submarine cable systems that land in South Africa - SAT-3, SAFE, SEACOM and EASSy (with WACS to be added next year).
For more information about IPv6, go to http://ipv6.com/