[afripv6-discuss] IPv6 - The current status in the tertiary education sector in South Africa

JORDI PALET MARTINEZ jordi.palet at consulintel.es
Thu Jul 14 09:37:56 SAST 2005

Hi Andrew,

Once more I want to offer my help to enable both native and tunneled IPv6 in
the region.

Regarding this specific case, in order to move on, the first question will
be to make sure if there is any way to get a native service (or a tunneled
one in the worst case) with your own upstream providers. If you want to
provide me the information about who are the upstream providers (off-line),
I will be able, most probably, to help on that.

I will be happy also to attend that workshop if that could help, just let me
know the details.


> De: Andrew Alston <aalston at its.uct.ac.za>
> Responder a: IPv6 in Africa <afripv6-discuss at afrinic.net>
> Fecha: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 19:25:21 +0200
> Para: <afripv6-discuss at afrinic.net>
> Asunto: [afripv6-discuss] IPv6 - The current status in the tertiary education
> sector in South Africa
> Hi All,
> I thought for interests sake I'd share with the list the current status
> of IPv6 from the Tenet point of view (What we have, what we currently
> are doing etc).
> Tenet owns its own IPv6 Block, which obviously needed to be announced,
> and at the same time customers (the tertiary education units), needed to
> be able to start using this.  Currently there are no ISP's that I know
> of in South Africa doing native IPv6 internationally (if Im wrong here,
> someone please correct me).
> So after some negotiations we dropped tunnels to 2 points into Europe
> and announced our 2001:548::/32 block via AS 6149.
> Tenet now offers any of its customers an IPv6 tunnel end point should
> they so wish.  Obviously said customers would need to apply for IPv6
> space from Tenet first. (Tenet is currently an LIR for IPv6 space in the
> academic environment).  Currently there are a number of v6 blocks
> allocated to institutions, with 2 institutions with active tunnels and
> live utilization of their v6 blocks.
> At the moment there is a debate over the provision of IPv6 space to
> tertiary education units with regards to the size of the V6 blocks.  I
> discussed this matter in Barcelona at the IPv6 conference with some of
> the other NREN's and there seemed to be some fairly mixed opinions, but
> a lot of the NREN's were allocating /48s per facuilty, rather than per
> institution, which typically would mean the allocation of /44s, or
> perhaps /43s to the average university in South Africa.
> At current institutions are allocated /48s, but the starting points of
> the blocks are spaced in such a way that should the eventual decision to
> be taken to allocate on a /44 basis rather, this could be done without
> renumbering existing people.
> I have also attempted to contact various ISP's in South Africa who I
> have heard either have, or are planning some form of V6 implementation
> to discuss peering arrangements with Tenet, unfortunatly so far this has
> not yielded huge success, but I think as IPv6 rollout in South Africa
> grows, this will become easier. (If there are any ISP's in South Africa
> that are currently utilizing IPv6 that are interested in talking
> peering, please feel free to mail me off list).
> So, with all that being said, where to from here.
> I think to start with, we need to encourage the use of v6 in the
> institutions.  To this end there is a v6 workshop planned for the
> tertiary education units in September which will kindly be presented by
> 6diss.  Hopefully this will produce positive reaction and encourage the
> rollout.
> Anyway, thats where we currently sit with regards to v6.
> Many Thanks
> Andrew Alston
> Tenet - IPv6 Consultant
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