Packet One Networks or better known as P14G said that it will be IPV6 ready by the end of 2012. The WiMAX operator has already completed phase two of three phases of the compliance exercise.
Michael Lai, Chief Executive Officer of P1 said, “We are quickly approaching a major milestone in the life of the Internet. Malaysia is preparing for the use of IPv6 addresses in order to keep pace with the change. As a forward-looking organization, P1’s preparations on the compliance exercise began months back. Our backend systems are already fully IPv6 compliant. The third phase is on the last mile delivery and end user devices compliance.
Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is designed to succeed Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). Since 1981, IPv4 has been the publicly used version of the Internet Protocol and it is currently the foundation for most Internet communications. There are 4.3 billion numeric IPv4 addresses. IPv6 addresses expand to a multiple leap of more than 340 trillion to support our world’s 7 billion population today.
IPv4 addresses are divided into four 8-bit chunks to make up an Internet address which is a 32-bit number. IPv6 addresses, in comparison, use four 32-bit chunks for a 128-bit number.
IPv6 is needed to support the fast pace of Internet use growth and the explosion in the use of wireless products, quality services, inbuilt security features, enhanced mobility and the need for more IP addresses to facilitate its wider use.
Lai continued, “In the very near future, the Internet will not just be used for communication from man to man. It will be man to machine and machine to machine. Just imagine 50 billion machines and 100 billion objects in the world will all require individual IP addresses.”