Latest news from the New Zealand IPv6 Task Force – May 2011

Asia Pacific region runs out of IPv4 Internet addresses
The organisation that manages Internet address allocation for the Asia Pacific region has announced that it has no more IPv4 Internet addresses available for general allocation.

APNIC (the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre) is now implementing austerity measures, in which the remaining few IPv4 addresses are rationed to its members only. New Zealand IPv6 Task Force Convenor Murray Milner says complete exhaustion is now only a matter of time.


IPv6 – Pressure growing on industry to act
2011 is turning into a crunch year for adopting the new standard for Internet addressing, called IPv6. At the same time, with zero Government funding, industry groups are under increasing pressure. The New Zealand IPv6 Task Force and InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) are stepping up to the challenge but are calling for more help.


Media zeros in on IPv6
In recent weeks IPv6 has hit the headlines, with local media renewing its interest in IP address exhaustion. Read and listen at the links below:

IPv4 addresses down to last block – rationing starts (Computerworld New Zealand)

Who’s in and who’s not now we’re out of IPv4 addresses (National Business Review)

No More Internets? Oh Noes! (95bFM) (audio)


Come and see us at CIO Summit & NetHui
The New Zealand IPv6 Task Force will be out in force at two upcoming ICT events – the CIO Summit and NetHui – promoting recent Task Force activity and encouraging organisations to adopt IPv6.

The CIO Summit is being held in Auckland on 27 and 28 June 2011 and the Task Force is teaming up with NZICT to have an exhibitor stand at the event. The stand will also feature at the InternetNZ-hosted NetHui also, being held from 29 June to 1 July.

Drop by and ask us about IPv6!


New Zealand IPv6 Task Force supports World IPv6 Day
The New Zealand IPv6 Task Force announces its support for World IPv6 Day, set for 8 June 2011.There will be a number of events held on this day around the world, with major web companies coming together to enable IPv6 on their main websites for 24 hours.

IPv6 – Light at the End of the Tunnel
The Canadian IPv6 Summit was held in late April, with an illuminating keynote presentation given by Owen DeLong of Internet backbone provider Hurricane Electric. DeLong’s keynote, titled ‘IPv6 – Light at the End of the Tunnel’ focused, among other issues, on the viability of carrier grade NAT.

He noted that while NAT is the only alternative to IPv6 with any traction, there are very few test implementations and instant messaging and VOIP are severely impaired or non-functional in all implementations.


NTIA releases IPv6 Readiness Tool for Businesses
The IPv6 Readiness Tool for Businesses is a comprehensive checklist for businesses preparing to deploy and adopt IPv6. The tool was developed by experts from industry and the Internet technical community in response to a call from U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra at an IPv6 workshop hosted by the NTIA in September 2010.


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