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

Kofi ANSA AKUFO kofi.ansa at
Tue Oct 28 11:36:39 UTC 2014

Hi Andrew

On 28 October 2014 14:53, Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at>

> Hi Malick,
> This is kind of a short sighted view in my opinion.  Why you ask?  Because
> the rest of the world has to go V6 and V6 doesn't talk to V4, unless you
> want to take a huge step backwards and start running translation mechanisms
> and other dodgy kludges which will further degrade the African internet
> experience.
> Money is being spent on fiber, wimax and all the other things you mention,
> in vast quantities.  Infact I would hazard a guess that the investment
> levels into African infrastructure at the moment are probably outstripping
> what is being spent upgrading systems in other more developed parts of the
> world.  That should not stop us trying to get to a point where the internet
> in Africa has parity with the rest of the world, and parity means we get
> the V6 in or risk being left behind when the rest of the world goes that
> way (as they have to do, since there is no more v4).
I thought you mentioned you are dual stack ready or that does not include
your TLD -

a quick check here seems to be contrary -!

I know you make have enabled service on your core network  -- just picking
on you :)

> Further to this, it is far cheaper to implement V6 as the infrastructure
> is expanded than have to go back and retrofit, if we don't do it now, we'll
> be facing a HUGE bill later when we're forced to do it anyway
> Andrew
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Malick.Sy at [mailto:Malick.Sy at]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:21 PM
> To: mark.tinka at; Andrew Alston
> Cc: rpd at; afnog at
> Subject: Re: [afnog] What are the major challenges in enabling Services to
> run on IPv6?
> Hi,
> I was wondering, what good business need is there to push IPv6 to the
> network edge, specifically in Africa?
> What would be the direct benefit to the customer or the service provider,
> of investing in configuring, deploying and migrating to v6. V4 address
> depletion is a reality, but in the Africa region, is there really a
> shortage of IP addresses to assign or is there more a lack of services to
> run on these IP addresses? Also, wouldn¹t the effort and expense to move to
> v6 In Africa, be better used, if spent on harnessing WiMax? rolling out
> fibre where possible? I creasing  Wifi coverage? rolling out DSL/VDSL/xDSL?
> Increasing peering points? creating alternatives to the current under sea
> cable transits (and reduce reliance on ACE, etc)?
> With the relatively small penetration of broadband in Africa, should not
> efforts be spent addressing broadband penetration rates and access to
> information, rather than ³keeping up with the Jones² and rolling out
> technology for the sake of technology?
> In Europe, I am only aware of France¹s Free who have a full native IPv6
> deployment, all other providers are managing to provide services without
> too big an IPv6 footprint. In the Americas, I believe a number of
> educational institutions have native v6, and most Sps can probably provide
> it. My contention, IPv6 rollouts globally have been quite low speed and
> that is probably because there are other priorities for the Service
> providers.
> So major challenges to enabling services on v6, I guess the demand for
> such services, is probably going to be a major factor.If there is no demand
> or minimal demand, and a current working system exists, why waste time on
> it?
> Just my 2 cents.
> ..........................................
> Best Regards,
> Malick Sy
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> On 28/10/2014 07:18, "Mark Tinka" <mark.tinka at> wrote:
> >On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 07:05:33 AM Andrew Alston
> >wrote:
> >
> >> That challenge also prevents a
> >> lot of providers from actually putting in the effort (and sometimes
> >> expense) of rolling IPv6 all the way to the edge with a lack of
> >> demand.  Its kinda a chicken and egg situation for many, no IPv6 at
> >> the edge decreases the number of people running IPv6, we decreases
> >> the demand for IPv6, which decreases the motivation to roll
> >> IPv6 to the edge.
> >
> >I'm still reasonably disappointed in the lack of drive from retail
> >providers to offer IPv6 to their customers, i.e., the
> >broadband/consumer space.
> >
> >Granted, it is a lot more challenging to deliver IPv6 to large scale
> >consumers (more so in Africa, where a lot of consumers are running data
> >off the mobile networks).
> >
> >But I think that deployment of IPv6 toward end customers in a manner
> >where they do not have to directly participate in the process is where
> >we shall see the most gains.
> >
> >The old mantra still holds true - users don't care, as long as it
> >works.
> >
> >Mark.
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