In a move to increase IPv6 awareness and deployment among Vietnam’s ISPs and content providers, the Vietnam Internet Network Information Center (VNNIC) is signing bilateral cooperation agreements with a number of local authorities.
As part of these agreements, provincial departments are set to take on more responsibility and help with promotion, communication and guidance.
The recent agreement with the Department of Information and Communications of Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City follows agreements VNNIC has signed with provinces Quang Binh, Quang Ninh, Can Tho, Dong Thap, Dong Nai, Binh Duong.
HCM City is Vietnam’s second biggest city, after the capital Hanoi. The recent explosion of E-commerce in HCM City has led to greater demand for Internet resources. Consequently, many legal and social issues have also arisen regarding the registration and use of the “.vn” domain name, IP addresses, or international domain names (gTLDs and other ccTLDs). We expect that the close cooperation between VNNIC and the local authorities will help deal with these issues in the near future.
Actioning Vietnam’s National IPv6 Action Plan
These signings have been an important outcome as we enter the final stage of the National IPv6 Action Plan (2011-2019).
After being amended in 2014, due to low IPv6 traffic and deployment, the third and final stage of the Action Plan seeks to improve the situation by promoting more ISPs and network equipment providers to implement dual-stack technologies. Another important objective is to encourage more online newspapers, online portals and social networks, ‘.vn’ registrars, gTLD domestic registrars, and software companies to provide content on IPv6.
It is hoped that these efforts will mean by 2019, the majority of the Internet traffic in Vietnam will be over IPv6.
Under the recent cooperation agreement, HCM City’s Department of Information and Communications will play a more active role in implementing the Action Plan by leading local activities. With support from VNNIC, HCM City will contribute to promoting IPv6 among local enterprises and communities, as well as help with facilitating workshops on IPv6.
VNNIC has acted as the standing committee of the Vietnam National IPv6 Taskforce, actively helping with many activities such as: hosting annual national IPv6 events since 2012; and organizing general and advanced training courses for the technical staff of ISPs and local authorities.
Mai Thu Thuy manages VNNIC’s communication team
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