M’sia plans for public sector to migrate to Internet Protocol version 6

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  • Thursday, 09 Jun 2011

CYBERJAYA: Malaysia aims to be Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) ready for the public sector by year-end and for the entire nation by the end of 2012, said Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

He said the migration from IPv4 to IPv6 must be completed in good time and before the pool of IPv4 addresses allocated to Malaysia is exhausted, which is in about 18 months time.

He said the ministry as well as the Malaysia Administrative Modern-isation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu) have been the first two government agencies to be IPv6-ready since last year. For Malaysia to remain competitive, it is essential that we are IPv6 ready as soon as possible.

“With a 75% broadband penetration targeted for 2015, it is also important for us to address the issue of IPv4 exhaustion, in order to maintain the seamlessness of the Internet experience in Malaysia. It is crucial to ensure there is minimal disruption to Internet users whilst the nation is migrating to IPv6,” he said in his speech (read by his deputy Datuk Joseph Salang) at a ceremony to celebrate the World IPv6 Day and Transition of IPv6 Seminar at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission yesterday.

IPv6 is needed to support the fast pace of growth of Internet use and the explosion in the use of wireless products, quality services, inbuilt security features, enhanced mobility and the need for more IP addresses to facilitate wider use.

In respect of addresses, the IPv6 expands the space from about four billion to a multiple leap of more than 340 trillion, to support the world's 6.9 billion population today.

Rais said the government is urging all stakeholders, service providers, network operators and equipment vendors to collaborate and work towards this initiative. “Let us not forget that the whole world is currently embarking on this exercise and for this reason alone, Malaysia must not be left out of the race.”

“The failure to migrate fully will result in Malaysia not achieving the 75% broadband penetration, amongst others,” he added. He said countries such as Australia, Japan and Korea are almost at the end of their migration. - Bernama

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