Creating an Enabling Environment for IPv6 Adoption

11 November 2015 - A Best Practice Forum on Critical Internet Resources in João Pessoa, Brazil


Best Practice Forum
Creating an Enabling Environment for IPv6 Adoption
Day 2: November 11th, 9h00 - 10h30, in Workshop Room 2, session shortlink

Widespread adoption of IPv6 is crucial to the Internet’s sustainable growth; the number of available IPv4 addresses is nearly exhausted, and the Internet needs more address space to grow.

As one Best Practice Forum participant plainly stated:

Think of IPv4 as going out of style, and consider IPv6 to be mandatory.

About this Session

The Best Practice Forums (BPFs) at the IGF seek to collect, discuss, and share different “best practices” used around the world for Internet Governance and policy issues. The BPFs allow us to learn from each other by sharing our experiences – successful experiences and unsuccessful ones, too.

For the past several months, participants of the BPF on Creating an Enabling Environment for IPv6 Adoption have, through survey responses, discussion on an open mailing list, and over several calls, identified and discussed best practices for promoting IPv6 in the private and public sectors. Discussion also canvassed the work of IPv6 Task Forces, research and education networks, capacity-building and certification in IPv6, and more.

When we use the word “practices” in this context we mean the actions that different people and organizations have taken to create an enabling environment for IPv6 adoption in their locality, region, industry, or network. Practices can come in the form of case studies, examples, or anecdotes supported by evidence, and they describe the activities, policies, or other measures taken by stakeholders to encourage IPv6 adoption.

During this 90-minute session, led by the BPF’s co-organizers and core contributors, we will canvas three case studies from the discussion, and address public comments provided via the IGF’s open, public platform, on our draft outcome document. We will also discuss key messages that can be taken from this session to the Main Session on IGF Intersessional Work.

The co-organizers of the BPF will develop the final outcome document, to be published on November 27th, in light of the discussion that unfolds during this session and comments received on the platform.

We hope that you will join us. This session welcomes attendees with all levels of IPv6 knowledge.


Session Agenda

9:00 - 9:45
About the BPF, by Izumi Okutani (JPNIC)
Scene Setting on IPv6 Adoption, by Bob Hinden (ISOC)

Case Studies: (5mins per case study)
The German Federal Office of Administration: “IPv6 Profiles,” by Constanze Buerger (BVA);
Venezuelan IPv6 Task Force: “Public policy proposal for the deployment of IPv6 in Venezuela,” by Alejandro Acosta (LACNIC).

There will be time for brief discussion following each case study.

9:45 - 10:15
Discussion on the outcome document:
This time will be used to address comments received on the draft outcome document, and solicit on-the-spot feedback from contributors and attendees.

10:15 - 10:30
Summary and main messages:
We will wrap up the session with a brief summary, discussion on the future of the IPv6 BPF, and by converging on main messages we wish to present during the Main Session on IGF Intersessional Work.

In-person moderators: Marco Hogewoning (RIPE NCC), Susan Chalmers (Chalmers & Associates)

Subject Matter Experts: Aaron Hughes (6connect CEO, ARIN board), Silvia Hagen (Swiss IPv6 Council).

Remote moderator: Michael Oghia (ISOC Ambassador)

The coordinators of the BPF on IPv6 Adoption are Izumi Okutani, Wim Degezelle, and Susan Chalmers.

About the BPF

Internet Protocol (IP) addresses uniquely identify devices on the Internet. The original IP addressing scheme, IP version 4 (IPv4), is running out of unallocated numbers while the demand for Internet connections continues to rise. The successor to IPv4 is IP version 6 (IPv6), a new version of the Internet Protocol. Currently, both IPv4 and IPv6 are in use, but the goal of widespread IPv6 adoption is particularly important to maintaining the growing Internet’s global reach and integrity.

A successful deployment of the new addressing scheme will go easier and quicker in an environment that is favorable to IPv6 adoption. This Best Practice Forum (BPF) will seek to collect and describe best practices that could help policymakers in creating an enabling environment for IPv6 adoption. Different practices will depend on the particular characteristics of any given community (e.g. technical, economic, regulatory or legal, human resources) and local factors.

The intent of the BPF is not to define any one, normative solution for all, but rather to describe a number of different policy approaches taken to encourage IPv6 adoption, based on experiences from around the world. These best practices will be shared with the Internet community,  in order to assist different stakeholders in supporting IPv6 adoption within their community. The eventual transition to IPv6 will only be successful when all stakeholders, as a community, are all moving together towards this shared goal at the same time, in a collaborative manner. It is not useful if one organization alone adopts IPv6 if the majority of the devices on the Internet keep on using IPv4.

The long-term sustainability of the network, and success of the Internet to accommodate IPv6, depends on getting more organisations to adopt IPv6. As will be explored during the BPF, IPv6 adoption often involves multistakeholder, collaborative, and community-wide efforts. There are different ways in which different stakeholders with their specific roles can each contribute to IPv6 adoption. Contributions from all stakeholders are welcomed and encouraged in this BPF.

The discussions at the BPF on IPv6 will be guided by Technical Community MAG members Izumi Okutani, Susan Chalmers, and German Valdez and supported by a consultant engaged by the IGF Secretariat, Wim Degezelle.

Please download our "Scope and Goals" document to learn more.