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[AfriNIC-rpd] IPv4 BoF report

Fri May 18 21:31:13 UTC 2007

Hi Tristan,

I agree, this is the bigger issue, however, home users don't need to upgrade
overnight their CPEs.

I the last meeting I was told that many people in Africa is already using XP
or even starting to use Vista. They already support IPv6, and even if the
CPE doesn't support IPv6, the Windows box is able to use IPv6 by means of
automatic transition mechanisms.

In fact I've the feeling (I will even say certainty) that the deployment of
IPv6 and actual utilization is becoming much extensive in residential market
than enterprise one.

And by the way, many CPEs which use Linux support OpenWRT, so they can be
upgraded to support IPv6.

The question here is again planning ahead. If you're offering to your
customers the CPEs as part of the deal, *PLEASE* make sure to buy CPEs that
already support IPv6, or make the deal with providers that commit to provide
you a free upgrade in the next few months. Market is big enough that I can
tell you for sure you will be able to find suppliers from China and Taiwan
(just to mention a couple of countries) which already support IPv6 in some
of their low cost boxes.


> De: Tristan Seligmann <mithrandi-afrinic-rpd at>
> Responder a: Tristan Seligmann <mithrandi at>, AfriNIC Resource
> Policy Discussion List <rpd at>
> Fecha: Fri, 18 May 2007 22:10:55 +0200
> Para: <rpd at>
> Asunto: Re: [AfriNIC-rpd] IPv4 BoF report
> * John Hay <jhay at> [2007-05-18 16:48:36 +0200]:
>> I think the biggest problem with IPv6 is the ISPs not implementing it.
>> Most operating systems shipping today have IPv6 enabled or an easy way
>> to enable it.
> I'm not familiar with conditions in other African countries, but I
> suspect the average South African home user has an ADSL / 3G / whatever
> router that is not capable of IPv6, so ISP implementation is not the
> only large obstacle. Perhaps some of them can have their firmware
> upgraded to IPv6, but I'm not sure in how many cases that is true.
> Conversely, I suppose larger organisations are probably mostly using
> hardware that *is* capable of IPv6...
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