Orange is participating in the “World IPv6 Day” on June 8

by bold-lichterman

Organized under the sponsorship of the Internet Society (ISOC), the World IPv6 Day aims to encourage Internet players and Internet users to use the IPv6 protocol.

Giants such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo are participating in a global test of the new protocol. Orange is participating in the “World IPv6 Day” to prepare for the switch to IPv6 and encourage Internet players and Internet users to use this new protocol. The opportunity to appreciate in real life the state of maturity of the deployment of IPv6 within the Internet. Internet players will thus be able in particular to put in place tools intended to measure the IPv6 traffic exchanged on the Internet network, quantify the number of requests for access to content servers accessible via IPv6, etc.

Specified since 1998, IPv6 will make it possible to fill the shortage of IP addresses of the old IPv4 protocol thanks to addresses of 128 bits instead of 32 bits. Faced with the shortage of IPv4 addresses, Orange launched an IPv6 introduction plan in 2008, covering network equipment, service platforms, the information system and address management rules, and was the first to launch, in May 2009, an IPv6 VPN network offer for businesses.

As part of this test day, the contribution of the Orange Group will be multiple: provision of content accessible in IPv6, implementation of IPv6 networks and awareness actions for the use of IPv6, both internally and externally. Orange Business Services will, for example, make its website for businesses accessible in IPv6 during the 24 hours of World IPv6 Day.

Interview with Christian Petrus, Network Solutions Product Manager / Orange Business Services.

Orange’s IPv6 program to anticipate and prepare for the change of protocol

IPv4 addresses, used since the beginnings of the internet by equipment connected to the network (such as boxes and smartphones), are now almost all assigned. It is this shortage that is causing the switch from IPv4 to IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6), the latest version of the Internet protocol (communication language between machines).

To anticipate the shortage of global IPv4 addresses and prepare for the deployment of IPv6, Orange has been implementing a specific program for more than two years aimed at defining and implementing the strategy for introducing the new protocol into network infrastructures and Group service. This IPv6 program covers fixed and mobile environments, as well as the residential and business markets, for all Orange countries around the world. Already operational for the business market, the use of IPv6 for the residential market is being prepared in three phases (introduction: 2008-2009, migration of services: 2009-2012 and production: 2012 and beyond) according to the estimates of shortages experienced by the various entities of the Group.

The introduction of IPv6 combines technological complexity and project management complexity. As with other large-scale programs, the changeover to 10-digit numbering in France in 1995 or the changeover to the euro, the equipment and IT applications to be checked and modified are very numerous. It is therefore necessary to set up projects and to inventory the equipment and applications concerned.

The deployment of IPv6 on the Internet is complex due to the incompatibility of IPv4 and IPv6 protocols. A transition phase begins with equipment capable of handling IPv4 and IPv6 traffic indifferently. This phase will last for several years because, unlike other large projects, the switch from IPv4 to IPv6 is not scheduled for everyone on a specific date and time.