Japan Backbone Extends IPv6 Trial Service

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (03/01/2000) - Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ), one of Japan's largest Internet backbone providers, is extending its trial service of next generation IPv6 (Internet protocol version 6) technology.

The company, which began offering IPv6 connections on a trial basis to customers in August 1999, said today it will not only extend the trials until March 1, 2001, but also begin allocating IPv6 addresses to the companies and organizations participating in the trial.

IIJ is one of 13 organizations that are working on IPv6 development in Japan and are connected to an experimental backbone. As part of the project, which teams academic organizations and companies, IIJ is principally involved in the development of IPv6-compliant basic software.

IPv6 is being pushed as a successor to the current IPv4 technology used on the Internet today. It solves a number of problems the most significant of which is the shortage of numeric IP addresses. The protocol offers many times more addresses, which are expected to be needed as more and more devices from cellphones to television sets gain the ability to access the Internet.

IIJ, in Tokyo, can be found online at http://www.iij.ad.jp/.

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