Building IPv6 capacity in our region

By on 7 Aug 2015

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Over the last few years, APNIC and the ITU have been collaborating on IPv6 capacity building in developing economies.

As part of this continuing collaboration, APNIC provided support to the ITU to deliver an IPv6 Infrastructure Security Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand from 22 to 26 June 2015. The ITU, Thailand’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the ITU’s Asia-Pacific Centre of Excellence for Broadband Access (ASP CoE) jointly organized this workshop, with the assistance of the ToT Academy.

This is the fifth time APNIC and the ITU have delivered a workshop together, welcoming network engineers and technical staff from many regional policy makers and regulators. Internet experts, Dean Pemberton and Philip Smith delivered the IPv6 content and conducted  hands-on workshop sessions using the most up-to-date materials available on IPv6 deployment and Internet infrastructure security.

During the workshops, participants learned how to implement IPv6 networks on existing IPv4 networks, then configure Internet infrastructure security measures into their routers. Topics included IPv6 fundamentals, IPv6 addressing exercises, IPv6 transition technologies, strategies and planning, IPSec and SSL, IPv6 Internet infrastructure security and security monitoring. There were also hands-on sessions, where the participants implemented their own small networks and learned how to harden its security.

It was great to see the level of engagement at the workshops. The participants asked many questions related to best current practices in deploying IPv6 networks and its security measures, which indicates to me the growing interest and demand for real-world deployment case studies.

I also gave an IPv6 deployment update on the level of IPv6 globally and in the Asia Pacific region. It is observed that IPv6 deployment in each economy starts showing steady and robust growth once a small number of leading organizations have enabled IPv6. This then creates a positive trend in IPv6 adoption as it impacts other organizations in the economy. Learning from networks and economies that have already deployed IPv6 is very beneficial for those who intend to start IPv6 deployment now. APNIC has many IPv6 resources available to help network operators.

APNIC also provided some support to the ITU in delivering Country Direct Assistance in Mongolia from 29 June to 3 July 2015. This event was coordinated at the request of Mongolia’s Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC) to the ITU to provide a similar IPv6 infrastructure security workshop as the CoE one.

We also took the opportunity to visit Mobicom, Univision and Information and the Communication Networking Company based on their request to the ITU and CRC to discuss some of the issues they were facing in deploying IPv6.

Direct face-to-face meetings can provide tangible input on IPv6 for organizations that are currently planning to adopt IPv6. Mongolia’s CRC support and encouragement to deploy IPv6 in Mongolia is greatly appreciated by the ITU and APNIC.

APNIC is pleased to be supporting these initiatives and looks forward participating in future events.

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