First Australian commercial IPv6 goes live

Uecomm Limited and Ericsson Australia have deployed the first commercial new-generation Internet standard network (Internet Protocol version 6 - IPv6) across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

A spokesperson for Uecomm, Clare Laffan, said the network will be offered to all customers with an expected 750 companies on board by the end of 2001.

Ericsson claims to be the first vendor to provide commercially available Internet switches, the AXI 462, based on new-generation Internet standards, commonly referred to as IPv6. This switch interoperates with IPv4 systems as well as IPv6.

Uecomm will be able to offer different types of access (ATM, frame relay and Ethernet) using the switch. The company plans to install more than 70 switches by the first quarter of 2001 to cover networks in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

The IPv6 switch is important to ensure the expected demands of 'quality of service' for combined voice, multimedia and data traffic, as well as security are met in next generation networks.

The growing number of users who want to use mobile phones and other devices to connect to the Internet is rapidly exhausting the number of available Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. IPv6, with its 128-bit address base, enables more IP addresses to meet the needs of the growing device market, including personal digital assistants, handsets, notebooks and video cameras, both for fixed and wireless services.

The IPv6 addressing scheme is the foundation for users to be continuously connected to the Internet. As users move from network to network, the new standard ensures connection is maintained and optimised.

It also provides enhanced mobility for users and improved security to facilitate e-commerce transactions.

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