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[AfriNIC-rpd] IPV6 Adoption

Vincent Ngundi vincent at
Wed Apr 16 16:57:17 UTC 2008

Hi Badru et al,

IMO, I think the issues we need to urgently address are as follows:

(a) Deployment
Let's all walk the talk and lead by example.

- KENIC has deployed IPv6 (dual stack).

(b) Awareness - who should we target? IMO, the decision makers from  
the various ICT stakeholders - govt's, private sector, academia, n/w  
AfrINIC cannot do this alone and thus needs our support.

- KENIC held an ICT stakeholders IPv6 sensitisation seminar in March  
that brought together members from the above interest groups. We had  
over 80 participants 70% of whom had not heard about IPv6 before the  
- We plan to hold another sensitisation seminar in May this year.
- KENIC has made presentations on v6 deployment locally/regionally  
(latest being AfTLD AGM is SA last week) and welcomes such  

(c) Capacity Building - who should we target? IMO, the techies and  
engineers who do the actual deployment
AfrINIC cannot do this alone and thus needs our support.

- We've organised, in conjunction with AfriNIC, a hands-on IPv6  
workshop in Nairobi Kenya in June this year that will see 200 local  
engineers trained on the deployment of v6. Then we'll see how to  
develop more capacity using local resources.

(d) Policy
IMO, the current v6 policies for the AfriNIC region will suffice, at  
least for the foreseeable future. However, v6 related policies like  
the "Global Policy for the Allocation of the Unallocated Address  
Space" need to be addressed. We should come up with a position on  
this, as a region, and I suggest we consider this a target milestone  
for the forthcoming AfriNIC public meeting in Rabat.

PS: IMHO, the fees is not an issue, and I think AfriNIC has been  
quite proactive/fair on this.



On Mar 27, 2008, at 9:46 AM, Badru Ntege wrote:
> Members
> On a secondary note I'm curious on how many operational IPv6  
> networks we
> have on the continent.  When you look around the continent there are a
> number of government and Private backed broadband projects which  
> will spur
> demand for existing V4 allocations.  However if as planned the
> infrastructure growth stimulates the expected economic activity we  
> will see
> demand for Ip resources escalate in the short time we might be able  
> to have
> the resources in the region but the question is how long and thus  
> for future
> sustainability are we ready for V6 transition ?
> On this I would like to pose a few questions again
> 1) Are you currently running IPv6 in either test or production mode
> 2) Are you aware of any Network operators on the continent with either
> published or internal V6 plans
> 3) Are you aware of any government supported initiatives around the V6
> adoption
> 4) If you are not doing anything now is the reason due to lack of  
> awareness
> or is it a deliberate action to sit and wait
> 5) Any suggestions on what we should be doing as a community ??
> If anyone can add to or modify the questions above please do so
> Regards
> Badru
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