IPv6: Apathy Challenge Drives Council’s Push For Early Adoption

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L – R: Chairman, Communication & Advocacy Committee (CAC) IPv6 Council Nigeria, Remmy Nweke; Council Member, Chris Uwaje; Finance Manager, Internet Solutions (IS), Safiriyu Abiodun Rosenje; Chairman, IPv6 Council Nigeria, Muhammed Rudman; Project Manager IS, Ifeoma Egbe; Head, Network Operations, George Olunwa, and member CAC, Chike Onwuegbuchi, during a courtesy visit by IPv6 Council Nigeria to Internet Solutions, recently in Lagos

The need to avert the possible blockade from the exhaustion of Internet Protocol version Four (IPv4) addresses and to create more robust and real-time end-to-end  Internet connectivity are major reasons why Nigeria should mount the Internet Protocol version Four (IPv6) platform.

Stating this in Lagos, IPv6 Council Chairman, Muhammed Rudman, canvassed for early migration and adoption in the country, especially in the Information and Communication Technology sector. He criticized the low adoption and unpreparedness of Nigerian networks towards IPv6 usage, this is despite the country’s top position in Internet African and Global Internet usage index.

In his words: “We are worried that some countries in Africa have started migrating to IPv6 networks, yet Nigeria that prides itself as number one in terms of Internet usage in Africa is not making a serious move.”

The IPv6 Council, which was also on a courtesy visit to Internet Solution Nigeria, an internet service provider (ISP) and a front-runner in IPv6 adoption, has been on a sensitization drive to engage stakeholders on the need to migrate to the more robust IPv6 network.

IPv6 is the most recent version of Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the internet.

In simple terms, an Internet Protocol (IP) address is essentially a postal address for every Internet-connected device. Without one, websites will not know where to send the information each time a person performs a search or tries to access a website.

IPv6 is more robust, faster to access and easier to harness than the previous version, IPv4.

Rudman commended Internet Solutions for deploying IPv6 on its  network and urged other service providers in the country to consider migrating to IPv6  for Nigeria to maintain its position in Africa and move higher in the global ranking.

Pointing out the challenge in deploying the resource, Head, Network Operations at Internet Solutions, George Olunwa said that Internet Solutions has since deployed and advertised IPv6 block on the Internet, but apathy from the enterprise customers, who are yet to see a pressing need for the implementation of IPV6 on their networks, still pose significant challenge.

While thanking the IPV6 Council Nigeria for its advocacy and efforts so far, Olunwa assured that Internet Solutions would continue to push the idea of implementing IPv6 to its customers, admitting that the cost of migrating from IPv4 to IPv6 is minuscule.

“What we have seen is that most of the clients are still going for IPV4, even though the cost of getting IPv6 is minimal. But, we believe that with this sort of advocacy being carried out by the IPv6 Council Nigeria, service providers as well as enterprise networks will begin to see a need for deployment.”

Olunwa suggested a possibility of providing virtual lab for IPv6 within country, saying that this will assist towards capacity building which can help to upscale the deployment and adoption of IPV6.

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