[afripv6-discuss] details on 6diss workshop - Re: IPv6 - The current status in the tertiary education sector in South Africa

Dr Paulos Nyirenda paulos at sdnp.org.mw
Thu Jul 14 09:47:53 SAST 2005

Andrew Alston,

We are interested in the V6 Workshop by 6DISS. Could you please send out more 
details on this.

Who is organising it, agenda, venue etc.

As you may be aware, NIC-MW under Malawi SDNP has been allocated an IPv6 block on 
2001:4820::/32 which we have been experimenting with, see http://www.ipv6.mw. We are 
based within the University of Malawi and provide services to many other academic 


Dr Paulos B Nyirenda
Malawi SDNP Coordinator

On 13 Jul 2005 at 19:25, Andrew Alston wrote:

> 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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