IPv6 Transition: Economic and Technical Considerations

17 November 2009 - A Workshop on Internet Governance for Development in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt


The workshop aims at delineating technical and economic aspects pertaining to the IPv4/IPv6 transition. Not only have developing countries been cautious about moving forward towards the transition, but also they are uncertain about the necessary steps needed to make such transition smooth and successful. This workshop brings experts in the field to address questions such as how can network and service providers in developing countries plan for the transition? What are the risks and the benefits? What is the role of governments, if any, in this transition? 

The workshop offers participants the opportunity to learn about IPv6 from a practical point of view, and to realize its technical and business challenges. At the same time, the workshop allows speakers and discussants to share their knowledge and expertise with participants who will be attending the IGF meeting.

The workshop targets policy makers, business and technical advisors, particularly those of governments and businesses from the developing world.

Dr. Sherif Guinena of the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Egypt will be moderating the session. 


Patrik Fältström, Cisco Systems

Mark Elkins, Posix Systems, South Africa (TBC)

Other organizations have been approached but have not confirmed yet: Google Inc., LACNIC, and TENET (high education network in South Africa). 

Speakers represent various stakeholders including business, government, and the technical community, and they come from Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Latin America.