APNIC 30 to push IPv6

Regional gathering to promote next generation internet protocol adoption

One of the biggest global gatherings of the people that design and implement technologies that affect the internet will take place on the Gold Coast this week.

The Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) moved its APNIC 30 event from troubled Bangkok to the Marriott Hotel on the Gold Coast, Queensland in May.

The four-day event will place a heavy focus on the adoption of IPv6, the next generation internet protocol that is set to replace the diminishing number of IPv4 addresses, and will be attended by ISPs and network professionals from around the region.

“APNIC 30 is an opportunity for our industry to come together to discuss the important issues we face such as IPv6 transition and best practice internet resource management,” Telstra network and access technology director, Mike Wright, said in a statement.

In April, it was announced APNIC doled out nearly a record 27 million IPv4 addresses during the first three months of 2010.

According to the official representative of the five regional bodies that oversee distribution of Internet number resources — the Number Resource Organization (NRO) – the surge in demand for addresses was due to the popularity in mobile phones, laptops, servers, routers, and other devices in the region.

This means the decline of IPv4 addresses has quickened with additional allocations in the second quarter taking the remaining amount to 7.8 per cent.

When IPv4 addresses run out, which is expected to occur some time in 2011 or 2012, the industry must migrate to the next generation Internet Protocol, IPv6.

This replacement protocol uses a 128-bit addressing scheme that will provide billions and billions of IP addresses. IPv4 uses 32-bit addresses and can support about 4 billion IP addresses.

APNIC 30 will also include tutorials and discussions on topics such as DNSSEC and network security.

Visit the event site for more information.

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