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[rpd] Re: [afnog] What are the major challenges in enabling Services to run on IPv6?

Mark Tinka mark.tinka at
Tue Oct 28 11:14:24 UTC 2014

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 01:03:48 PM 
Malick.Sy at wrote:

> Mark,
> Your basic premise is flawed. There is no cutoff date for
> IPv4 address so Facebook (if that is your customer’s way
> of making money) will keep working and that has nothing
> to do with v4 or v6. V4 to v6 tunnel also brokers exist
> and are doing fine at the moment
> ( for example) and dual stack
> platforms also exist. So your panic about never getting
> to post on Facebook again, is misplaced and at worse,
> premature.

You mean like there is no cut-off date for BGP-3, RIP or 

> I find it rather patronising while adding Zero value.
> This bit too

> So in my humble opinion, another major obstacle to
> enabling service on v6 (in Africa) or any form of
> technology, is the “smart-aleck” african mentality that
> keeps the continent in mental chains and subservient.
> The African trait which means they listen to respond,
> not to understand or evolve and they patronise ad
> nauseum.
> v6 should not yet be a priority to Africa as the reasons
> for the creation of v6 are not realities on the ground
> in Africa. Of course, we can flame all day about who is
> smarter or who has the quickest responses, the fact of
> the matter is African economies and brains should be
> focusing on ebola eradication, appropriate technology
> rather than “wishy washy” statements that only fill up
> our mailboxes with junk and only manifest the “always
> trying to keep up with the West” mentality. My 2 cents.

I am an African.

I may or may not have Ebola. But you're safe, it's high-tech 
version only communicable over IPv6.

> And yes, customers constantly ask me for IPv4 addresses,
> the more security conscious ones don’t want to have
> anything to do with v6.  (for the record, I have v6
> enabled on my home router and have not yet found a
> compelling use case for it, NONE..NADA so that was the
> reason for my initial mail asking about the priority of
> v6 in Africa, if you can give me a compelling use case
> for v6 at the access layer, not the core or the
> distribution layer, that would be great.)


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