Government prepares for the move to IPv6, increase access

ipv6The Indian government is preparing for the shift to the new Internet Protocol version 6 as the Internet Protocol version 4 is running out of new connections and is also aiming to connect more people in the country with enhanced capabilities.

The demand for new web addresses has grown significantly around the world and the IPV4 has only about 4.2 billion new addresses left. The increasing numbers of smartphones, PCs, televisions, refrigerators, cameras, tablets, and other electronic devices all demand new IP addresses.

The IPv4 is not built of to support the number of people, and hardware that it currently supports and is stretching capacity already. The shift to the new version will offer much enhanced capability and the government will be able to connect more people.

Experts have been recommending the shift to a newer version due to the limited capability of IPV4. The complete transition is expected to take about three years. The ministry of IT & communications has issued a directive asking all the central and state government ministries to start using the IPv6 addresses by March 2012.

A task force has been formed by the government for the implementation of IPv6. It will also help firms in the transition to the new version. The steps taken by India government are inline with most other countries who are work to shift to the new version before IPV4 runs out of newer addresses.

However, Miha Kralj, a director and chief technology officer for Microsoft's office of services warns that some broadband service providers are showing reluctance to upgrade to the new version because it involves costs and they can monetize on the scarcity of the IPv4 addresses.