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September 26, 2011

Hosting Guru Comments: Australia lagging on IPv6, but gov’t departments leading way

by Hosting_Guru

IPV6 Fibre Network

NTT Australia has warned that Australia is lagging the US, Europe and Japan in terms of IPv6 adoption – Ankur Puri Wholesale Manager for NTT says that government agencies, as well as some of the larger ISPs, are now leading the way on local uptake.

NTT started research on IPv6 in 1996 and has been commercially offering an IPv6-enabled backbone since 2001 which is available globally at all NTT points of presence.  The firm has also begun offering IPv6 for its global IPVPN services in select countries, and though it has not yet done so in Australia, NTT Australia MD and CEO Yoshimasa Hashimoto says it will do so once there is sufficient demand.

My Take> The biggest issue with IPV6 adoption is that there is currently no “killer app” or consumer requirement to drive the funding for adoption.  A lot of the technology changes around IPV6 largely go unseen by the general consumer, so it just becomes a cost to IT for businesses to stay connected. 

Maybe when we see IPV6 enabled car GPS and IPV6 apps for the mobile market, but right now its just about keeping the internet running.  Your Thoughts?

Full Article available in Last Fridays edition of Commsday.

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