ITU/APNIC IPv6 workshop in Lao PDR

By on 22 Aug 2014

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Continuing our collaboration on IPv6 capacity development and outreach, APNIC and the ITU held an IPv6 workshop in Vientiane, Lao PDR, supported by the Lao National Internet Committee (LANIC), on 5-6 August 2014.

Focusing on IPv6 transition strategies and technologies, I provided fundamental information on the Internet, how ISPs work, and IPv6 transition technologies and deployment status to 100 participants, including Lao government officials, business decision-makers and network operators.

Dr Philip Smith delivered the technical details on IPv6 transition technologies and hands-on exercises to around 35 participants on 5-6 August, guiding them through the set-up of an IPv4 network, and the addition of IPv6 configurations. Some of the participants were from mobile network operators, and were exploring options on how to deploy 4G networks. Philip and I introduced them to the most up-to-date IPv6 deployment activities in mobile networks.

An ITU representative presented on an IPv6 deployment roadmap for policy makers and regulators. The three of us had a side meeting with LANIC staff to discuss in more detail how the Lao government can support IPv6 deployment in the country through effective collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Later that week on 7-8 August, we provided direct and immediate technical support through our Engineering Assistance (EA) activities to Lao telecom operators, examining their current  networks and identifying potential work on network design and optimization, in particular, to assist with their IPv6 transition planning. Philip’s analysis of each network situation and input were greatly appreciated by the network operators.

The aim of our EA efforts is to provide our regional network operators customized support with their IPv6 deployment and effective network management efforts. We hope to provide more EA support in future.


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