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Monday, 12 December 2011 12:07

2012 to be "watershed year" for IPv6 adoption in New Zealand

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The New Zealand IPv6 Task Force is tipping 2012 to be the watershed year for IPv6 adoption in New Zealand, saying that many government organisations anticipate making at least some of their public services available natively on IPv6."

The task force has just released the findings www.ipv6.org.nz/ipv6-state-sector-adoption from a series of interviews conducted with "a swath of state-owned enterprises, Crown entities, core government agencies and tertiary / research institutes."

It says: "A large number of state sector organisations are specifying IPv6 readiness in hardware they are buying, or in their hosting / ISP services. The majority of state sector organisations are working on enabling IPv6 for their external Internet presences.

"There is an emerging policy thrust by central government to encourage IPv6 adoption, backed by 'common capability' services purchasing - for instance, the IPv6-enabled one.govt and IaaS services."

The study says the most common remaining barriers to state-sector IPv6 adoption are "absence of a business driver, lack of 'internal champions', and uncertainty of costs and implementation approaches.

However earlier this year the Government came in for strong criticism from InternetNZ for failing to do sufficient to encourage take-up of IPv6 by the private sector. The head of InternetNZ, Vikram Kumar, called on the Government to take a lead in IPv6 adoption, saying that, in the absence of any Government funding to assist with the transition, industry groups were under increasing pressure.

In 2008, at an earlier stage in the transition to IPv6, it was evident that New Zealand was lagging well behind Australia in its preparedness for the looming exhaustion of IPv4 addresses that was creating a degree of urgency about a transition to IPv6.

The Task Force, in collaboration with the Department of Internal Affairs, plans to convene the "Practical IPv6 for Government" conference on 23 February 2012 in Wellington for central and local government ICT departments and suppliers.

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