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TRAI drafts recommendations on IPv6

Posted: 22 Dec 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:trai  ipv6  ipv4  internet  telecom 

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued draft recommendations on "Transition from IPv4 to IPv6 in India" to solicit the comments of stakeholders before finalising these for forwarding to the government.

The primary motivation for deploying IPv6 is considered to be its capability to expand the available IP address space to a large extent in addition to providing better quality of service, mobility support and security. This is considered necessary in view of fast expanding Internet usage and increased demand on the IP address space.

The key recommendations are:

  • Amend the definition of IP address mentioned in ISP licence to enable 128 bits to be used as needed for IPv6 based addressing.
  • Mandate the use of IPv6 in platforms/applications pertaining to e-governance and in its own procurement of IT systems and networks.
  • Set up workshops and seminars to bring awareness about IPv6 and its benefits for service providers and end-users.
  • Establish the National Internet Registry (NIR) within the framework of APNIC, the Regional Internet Registry in Australia, utilizing the existing setup of National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI).
  • Enlarge the existing IPv6 test bed of ERNET to make it countrywide and accessible to all interested parties.
  • Upgrade NIXI as a national testbed for IPv6 and interconnect its nodes to provide access to all ISPs.
  • Encourage TEC, CDOT and CDAC to set up the IPv6 test beds through government funding.

The detailed draft recommendations are available at

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