Adopting IPv6: What You Need To Know

17 November 2009 - A Workshop on Critical Internet Resources in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt


This proposal merges the following proposals:

108. IPv6 Policy and Deployment 
147. IPv6: What You Need To Know
167. Helping Industry to Prepare for IPv6
217. IPv4 Depletion and its Real World Implications

The imminent exhaustion of unused IPv4 address space and global adoption of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) are central to current discussions of Internet growth and sustainability. With most estimates predicting IPv4 addresses running out within the next two years, adoption of IPv6 has been slower than initial expectations, which may have consequences for business, government and End Users around the world. 

This workshop will look at the implications of IPv4 exhaustion and the challenges of IPv6 deployment. The speakers will include a mix of experts from governments, RIRs, academia and intergovernmental organizations, and the content will include practical case studies from both the developed and developing world, discussion of lessons learnt and a look at some of the myths and misconceptions that have permeated many discussions of IPv6. The workshop will also look at the leadership roles that government and the wider business community can play to ensure industry readiness for IPv6, and ways to promote IPv6 from a public policy viewpoint, with an aim to fostering greater international understanding and cooperation.

Potential discussion topics include:

Raising Awareness and Capacity Building

• What benefits does IPv6 adoption offer business and End Users today?
• What impact will the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses have, especially for developing countries? 
• What supporting activities are underway to encourage IPv6 adoption (such as awareness raising, capacity building), especially with regard to developing economies?
• What role can governments and industry play in promoting the adoption of IPv6?

How can the public policy/public sector help promote ipv6?

• What are the real barriers to faster adoption of IPv6? Are they technical or economic? 
• What type and level of international cooperation is needed?
• Could changes in current IP address allocation policies mitigate the scarcity of IPv4 addresses or favor the adoption of IPv6? 
• How could public policy/sector help? What are the appropriate roles of various entities, both national and international?

This workshop is aimed at government representatives, regulators and others involved with Internet policy work. Participants do not need to have a technical background. With a more complete understanding of the concepts examined in this workshop, participants will be better equipped to fully engage in Internet governance discussions.


b) Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

This workshop is being organised as a joint effort between Autonomica, Nominet and the RIPE NCC. These three organisations each play different roles in the provision of Internet infrastructure, Autonomica as a root name server and Internet Exchange Point operator, Nominet as registrar for the ccTLD .uk, and RIPE NCC as Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia. 

Speakers already committed to speak on the workshop panel are drawn from the fields of business, government, civil society and the technical community, and each will bring their different perspectives to the issues of IPv6 deployment. The speakers come from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, the Asia Pacific and the Americas.

c) Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

This workshop is primarily educational, but within that scope it will provide a range of perspectives from different regions and stakeholder groups. The workshop will also focus on how different stakeholders can coordinate and cooperate to encourage the deployment of IPv6.