Networks risk compatibility issues as Ipv$ Runs dry
Networks that are not available on both IPv4 and IPv6 risk experiencing compatibility issues when all global networks have fully migrated to IPv6.According to Mohammed Rudman, chairman, IPv6 Council Nigeria, ‘ IPv4 and IPv6 are not directly compatible. This means that network and content operators need to make their networks and websites available over both IPv4 and IPv6 for the foreseeable future so that everyone can access the Internet whether they are using an IPv4 or an IPv6 address to do so”.
Rudman stated this at the inauguration of Communications and Advocacy Committee of IPv6 Council Nigeria in Lagos.He decried the low level of IPv6 ready networks as well as usage in Nigeria even as the country occupies top and fifty positions in internet usage in Africa and the world respectively.
“We don’t want Nigeria to be left behind in the migration to IPv6, this is why we need to step up the awareness and advocacy campaign to ensure that ISPs, telecommunications operators, Banks, educational institutions among others migrate to IPv6,” he said.
Members of the committee include Remmy Nweke, as chairman, Bayero Agabi, Chike Onwuegbuchi, Nahimah Nurudeen and Martin Ekpeke as members.The Communications and Advocacy Committee of IPv6 Council Nigeria is to assist the Board of the council in effectively overseeing the IPv6 Councils’ communications and advocacy strategy and policies, public and stakeholder engagement that will facilitate the adoption and usage of IPv6 addresses in Nigeria by internet service providers, telcos, higher educational institutions and other IP centric organizations.
Rudman however, attributed the low level of uptake of IPv6 in the country to lack of technical know-how, core equipment compatibility issues, lack of IPv6 upstream service providers in the country and non-requests from end users among others.
He stated that for the use of IPv6 to grow in the country, there should be IPv6 awareness and capacity building through organizing seminars and trainings, incorporating IPv6 into university curriculum.
He stressed the need to provide some profit incentives to Internet Industry to encourage them to adopt IPv6 based Infrastructure. These incentives could include reduction in regulatory fee and tax rebates.
“Upstream Internet connectivity providers should be asked to enable IPv6 readiness in their networks. All new IT equipment supplied to Government should be IPv6 compliant and Government to set target date for MDAs to have IPv6 compliant networks,” he noted.
Nigeria CommunicationsWeek had reported that Nigeria dropped in the ranking of telecommunications networks that are currently using internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) compared to last year’s ranking.
According to the report, last year, the country had four networks out of 103 Autonomous Systems (Ases) in the country using IPv6 as at end of June 2015 representing 3.88%, but this year as at end of May she has only three networks representing 2.61%.
The three networks whose Ases are active includes MainOne Cable Company, Internet Solution Limited, and ipNX Nigeria Limited.