[afripv6-discuss] What have you done for IPv6 lately, since the 1st of January, 2013?

Hisham Ibrahim hisham at afrinic.net
Wed Feb 20 17:13:34 SAST 2013

On Feb 20, 2013, at 1:55 PM, Carlos Friacas wrote:

> On Tue, 19 Feb 2013, Hisham Ibrahim wrote:
>> while we still here are just happy by turning on v6 advertisements at the core (that is if we do that) and not even have plans to go to the end users, even in a few years like Carlos said before?
> (This is another Carlos, from Europe)
> Turning the v6 advertisements is very important. It's infrastructure that will be used later on, a missing piece of the puzzle that can easily be solved.

Don't get me wrong, turning on IPv6 advertisements is VERY IMPORTANT,

When Cameroon and Gambia, the examples that just popped up into my head,  turned on their First ever IPv6 BGP sessions for the AFRINIC meetings and kept them up that was a positive step forward.

but I am talking about other countries like Egypt, where I have just recently moved back to, even though 3 of the major ISPs announce v6, and have been doing so for at least 5 years now 
I have not seen an real roll out of v6 since. I still have to tunnel via HE to get v6 at my home, and I do not see any indications of that changing.

And that is what worries me, the idea of IPv6 at the core being a check box item on the todo of ISPs, and then they take no time to look into the transition mechanisms or last mile scenarios or even the security and monitoring issues.

> Moving to IPv6 will not happen overnight. The pressure caused by the lack of IPv4 addresses is different in every environment (network). So you need to have the basics in place, to immediately make some use of it when others decide to do something.

I got a response once from an Operator when I asked them about their IPv6 plans, the answer was, "We turned it on a while back, learned all we needed to learn about it and then just turned it off again and we are waiting on the rest of the world to be ready to turn it back on."  


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