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IPv6 Change Management:

Managing the Migration to the Internet Protocol of the Future

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While the data is still being gathered about who is deploying IPv6 and in what parts of the world IPv6 is being deployed in, there is data to suggest that countries in Asia and Europe are beginning to migrate. At the recent 2008 Olympics in Bejing, IPv6 was showcased and used by China partly to show that China can be a technological and scientific leader, but also partly to expose users to IPv6 who would otherwise not be exposed to IPv6. (Das, 2008) The 2008 Summer Olympic games was the first time a major world event had a presence on IPv6 and for the first time, all network operations for the Games were conducted using IPv6. (Bejing, 2008)

Japan is adopting IPv6 with strong governmental support. Major ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and various startups and even rural ISPs are starting to support IPv6 service.

Japanís IPv6 Promotion Council is actively advertising IPv6 and actively pursuing companies and business to use IPv6. It also appears that Japan is getting ready to deploy IPv6 to the home user. Currently, Japan is viewed as being the leader in IPv6 deployment. (IPv6 Style, 2009; Japan, 2009)

France is a leader in Europe in IPv6 deployment, though studies show they are far behind countries in Asia in actual deployment if IPv6 (just like the rest of the world). The IPv6 Task Force was created in France on September 25th 2002. The deployment of IPv6 has been done in a phased manner with the active involvement of France Telecom, the leading Telecom operator in the country.

1998 heralded the deployment of an IPv6 native network internal to FT R&D Division (RIMBAUD) connecting the 5 R&D centres nationwide and connected to the 6Bone, and in the year 2000, France Telecom was assigned a sub-TLA prefix (2001: 0688::/32)

The following events mark the evolution of IPv6 deployment in France:


-Migration of France Telecom's IPv6/WDM nationwide experimental VTHD Network from tunnelling to full Dual-Tack between 2001 to 2003, marked by the first European WLAN Mobile IPv6 Campus in collaboration with Strasbourg University 2001, and testing of multimedia and standard IPv6applications.

 -Deployment of OpenTransitv6 (Asia, US, Europe), a native IPv6 international commercial network in 2002

-IPv6 migration of FTís Commercial IP word wide network (OpenTransit) in 2005: 50 POPs worldwide are Dual Stack since June 2005 and launch of a nationwide IPv6 broadband access experiment to FTís Internet users in June 2005. IPv6 connectivity is based on Teredo, Tunnel Broker and ADSLv6)+

As shown, France has enjoyed high-profile research and strong governmental interest in IPv6; however, it has been slow to deploy IPv6 to the consumer. (France, 2009)

The USA is being slow in adopting IPv6. There are governmental mandates to have governmental backbones to support IPv6, however the dates for those mandates have passed without successful deployment, and since the government has been weak so far in its support and deployment of IPv6, the commercial sector is moving at the same pace.

However, thanks to academia and research by private vendors; some telecommunications companies are starting to make plans for IPv6 migration. Whether or not those plans are actually implemented is another question entirely. (USA, 2009)



Just like there are varying change models, various companies and countries are using different change models in their migration to IPv6. As a result of that, (and technological issues and political and scientific posturing), some are moving faster than others,  although one thing is very certain and remains very clear, soon there will be no more IPv4 addresses to use, and everyone will need to migrate to IPv6. How and when that migration happens is dependant upon the organization and the change model it chooses as being best for that organization. It is coming, and the only logical course of action is to be prepared for the migration.



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