Communications service provider SmarTone, with BT Wireless and Ericsson have staged a claimed world first end-to-end demonstration of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) in Hong Kong.
The trial was built on Ericsson's IPv6 system using BT's research and development activities.
Chris Fenton, 3G service development and trial manager at BT Wireless, said: "We trialled IPv6 on SmarTone's mobile network, including GPRS (Global Packet Radio Service) with currently available software, and wireless LANs. We also tested other scenarios, such as roaming between the fixed and wireless networks and IPv4/IPv6 interworking, all successfully."
The IPv6 standard is intended 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 PDAs, handsets, notebooks and video cameras, both for fixed and wireless services.