[AfrICANN-discuss] Last 5 /8 distributes

McTim dogwallah at gmail.com
Thu Feb 3 20:29:42 SAST 2011


On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 7:42 PM, Ben Akoh <me at benakoh.com> wrote:
> Hi Adiel,
> Thanks for this information. I followed closely the discussions especially
> the comment attributed to you that most African networks are v6 compliant
> largely due to the recent purchase of newer equipment. I had sent in a
> question at the tail end of the discussion and someone else had asked the
> question on the economics of the migration.
> I think the information you provided on the compliance of equipment is
> extremely useful but was hoping you could provide more clarity and
> information in terms of figures and numbers to that effect.

I'm not sure this is quantifiable.

 For instance,
> what has been the spend by companies or countries for newer more compliant
> equipment?

I suspect relatively very little so far.  The router manufacturers
have put v6 in their software many years ago, so, as you said, those
purchases were "a normal part of equipment upgrade that
companies or institutions engage in".  Same with all computers, Linux,
Mac, Windows have all been v6 capable for a long time.

Many years ago, the Japanese and Koreans pushed v6 and are currently
using it, they could have incurred some extra costs because they were
early adopters.

I think that cable modems and other CPE are the place where some cash
will need to be spent eventually.  For example, neither of my home
routers/CPE can do v6, but they don't have to at the moment, as my ISP
gives me v4 RFC1918 addresses.
I still do v6 tho, I just use a tunnel from a free tunnel broker
(actually several tunnels from several free brokers).


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