Machines have become an integral part of our lives and existence, as we know it today. Our Outlook to life may generally be considered to have being built on machines called computers as one of its corner stones. These computers, evaluating their interactions on the basic level, employ the use of a naming system called the Internet protocol (IP). IP simply put is the foundations of computer communications and we have witnessed an unprecedented demand for more “names” as more devices are produced. This singular reason necessitated the review of the first type of IP called IPV4 to Ipv6. Every device such as mobile phones, PCs, Internet telephones, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), etc. used in homes and other places, rely on the internet technology for their various services and uses the internet to identify through its own IP address in order for internet communication to work. In that respect, it is just like the street addresses and zip codes you need to know in order to mail a letter.
The previous version IPv4, as earlier mentioned, uses a 32-bit addressing scheme to support 4.3 billion devices. This ought to have been enough. However, the growth of the internet, personal computers, smartphones and now Internet devices proves that the world needed more addresses. Fortunately, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in 1998 created IPv6, which instead uses 128-bit addressing to support approximately 340 trillion.
Layer3 Nigeria , a forward thinking company, has switched to full Ipv6 on its internal system and uses Ipv4 only at edge connection just like Microsoft and most private and business application services (online transactions), including social activities such as Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, etc., depending on the IP address for their functions. Hence, the tremendous growth rate in the number of internet connected devices and high dependence on the internet for human daily activities have caused the expected exhaustion of the long-time used IPv4 addresses.
The internet is fast running out of addresses. By the end of the year, it is believed that almost all the available addresses for computers, smartphones and websites will have been exhausted. The best solution to ensure that the web can grow to its full potential is to change the way the system reads websites’ addresses by moving to the next generation of addresses, known as IPv6.
In other to facilitate the rate of IPv6 deployment, the various levels of governance (government, academic/ business organizations, etc.) in African countries should in their day-to-day policy-making include as an agenda, active e-strategy programs to help not only in the imperative deployment of IPv6 but also in other Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facility development. Organizations Saddled with the regulatory functions in the IT space in Africa should develop some capacity building programs upon IPv6 awareness campaign for the general populace. This would motivate the people, enlightening them about the technical/ business benefits derived from switching to IPv6 and most importantly, advance the rapid global adoption of IPv6.
Major benefits of IPv6?
In its work, the IETF included enhancements to IPv6 compared with IPv4. The IPv6 protocol can handle packets more efficiently, improve performance and increase security. It also enables internet service providers to reduce the size of their routing tables by making them more hierarchical.
IPV6 is trending and gathering steam in view of deployments. We all have to orientate ourselves to a full transition in the days to come. This is the next level.
- On March 11, 2019
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