Update on Task Force activity

The New Zealand IPv6 Task Force has progressed a number of activities recently.

The Task Force is working on a structured program for IPv6 training and is investigating some alternative training approaches including a mentoring programme and leveraging organisations that have already made significant progress on deploying IPv6.

The IPv6 readiness survey of New Zealand’s Top 100 CIOs has closed and the results collated and compared to the 2009 survey. The survey results will form part of the New Zealand contribution to the Australian IPv6 Summit being held in Melbourne in October. The survey results will be posted here when finalised.

The Task Force continues to spread the IPv6 message, with a presentation being given to forth year engineering students and associated engineering staff at Massey University. IPv6 is now being taught as part of Massey’s Network Engineering degree.

During the last month or so there has been increasing activity around IPv6 adoption around the world. For example, the United States Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has issued a directive requiring all U.S. government agencies to upgrade their public-facing Web sites and services by Sept. 30, 2012 to support IPv6.

There has also been some progress on the issue of IPv6 capable consumer equipment, with the Task Force having identified a number of suppliers of consumer grade equipment that are beginning to produce IPv6 compatible equipment.

One outstanding issue is the definition of minimum standards for consumer equipment and the Task Force is looking at ways that it might help facilitate the development of these standards and the associated compliance.

The Task Force next meets on 15 November 2010.

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