NBN and IPv6 Forums to dominate the week

Conferences in Melbourne and Sydney to dominate the agenda

The National Broadband Network (NBN) and the migration to IPv6 will dominate conversations at three conferences this week.

The Australian IPv6 Summit 2009 kicks this off in Melbourne from December 7-9.

Several leading IPv6 speakers will present at conference, which hosted by the Australian Domain Name Administration (auDA), the Internet Society of Australia (Isoc-au) and the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group). They include Paul Brooks from Vocus, Michael Biber from IPv6Now and Skeeve Stevens from eintellego.

IPv6 has had a mixed reaction from the industry. AARnet's first employee and the chief scientist at the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), Geoff Huston, recently warning the internet industry not to be complacent when it comes to IPv6 implementation.

Computerworld also reported that Internode is going it alone in offering a trial of IPv6 services in native mode on its national ADSL network as other large ISPs report they won't be following suit in the near future.

Internode recently announced an IPv6 trial across the company's national network and provides concurrent IPv6 and IPv4 PPP access for any router or computer that supports it. In the wake of shrinking IPv4 space, there have been several calls for more adoption of IPv6, including from Internet pioneer, Vinton Cerf — but there has been little action to date. The IPv6 Summit hopes to address the slow migration through greater education.

Running at the same time but in Sydney is an Ovum backed event which looks at the telecommunications regulatory reform and the NBN over two days.

Notable speakers at the events include Telstra's Public Policy and Communications Group Managing Director, David Quilty and a panel discussion with David Forman (Executive Director, Competitive Carriers Coalition), Ian Martin (Chief Telecoms Analyst, Royal Bank of Scotland) and Michael Malone, (Managing Director, iiNet). Later in the week the Federal Government hosts its<i>Realising Our Broadband Future</i> event at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

The event will run over two days with appearances by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, communications minister Stephen Conroy, NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley, and Google's vice president and chief internet evangelist Vinton G Cerf.

At the launch of NICTA's new Sydney offices and labs, communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy told Computerworld the forum was aiming to break the NBN debate in Australia out of the Telstra and infrastructure paradigm.

"The argument about infrastructure is over. We are going to have one of the world's best, if not the best network," he said. "What are we going to use it for? What is the government going to use it for? It is not just a question of NICTA is going to be using it for a few things. What is the education department going to use it for? What is the health department going to use it for? What is aged care department going to use it for? What is the environment department going to use it for? So part of what we are doing next week is saying the Government is moving into how we are going to use this."

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