India Gears for IPv4 to IPv6 Switch

Jayesh Shinde 23 Jul 2010

As the Internet is running out of addresses, India is geared to shift its domain name address policy from the existing IPv4 to IPv6 protocol by March 2012.

Existing IPv4 domain name addresses are staring down the barrel globally, and India's running out of IPv4 IP addresses, too. And the problem will only worsen in the country with the continuing rise in mobile phone subscribers and the rollout of 3G and broadband wireless access (BWA).

Thankfully, the Indian government has an IPv4-to-IPv6 transition roadmap in place. In a statement issued by the government earlier this week, all ISPs and telecom providers will have to be IPv6-compliant by the end of 2011. ISPs and telecom providers are expected to offer only IPv6 services thereafter. The statement also said by March 2012, all central and state government ministries and public sector companies will make the switch to IPv6 Internet protocol based services.

How exactly is IPv6 going to save the day? It's the next-gen Internet protocol version, offering greater address space than the existing IPv4 Internet protocol -- IPv6 uses a 128-bit address scheme compared to IPv4's 32-bit address.

Since everything that connects to the Internet needs to have an IP address, IPv6 (with its greater address space) provides limitless possibilities of large scale integration of consumer electronic devices on to the Web -- TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, microwave -- and control them remotely. IPv6 Internet protocol is already being implemented in the US, Europe, and Japan, among other countries.

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