The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), today, announced three new programs aimed at raising awareness of IPv6 policies in India. IPv6 is the latest version of the Internet Protocol communication system, which provides diagnostic and location information for devices and networks that connect to the Internet. The protocol is considered the most important for the upcoming 5G migration, which will greatly increase the total number of devices connected to the Internet. The Department of Communications (DoT), in February last year, authorized all government agencies to switch to IPv6 by March 2020.
The new NIXI programs include a panel of experts (IP Guru) that will “extend support” to Indian organizations seeking to move to IPv6 programs. It will also assist in identifying and hiring agencies that provide the technical assistance required for these changes. The panel consists of members of the Department of Communications (DoT), the Department of Technology and Technology (MeitY) and the sector. It will be offering its services for free.
NIXI also creates an IPv6 educational platform, called NIXI Academy. This will include an IPv6 training portal to provide mass training on technology. Initial training materials provided will be available free of charge, but advanced courses may be offered in the future, for a fee.
Thirdly, the NISI IP-Index has been launched, which will show the prevalence of IPv6 in India and compare it with other economies in the world. India is already the first destination for IPv6 worldwide, according to a September 2020 report from global cloud service provider Akamai. The new site will include details about IPv6 adoption, traffic and more in the next few weeks.
Organizations and governments around the world have been seeking to retire from the old IPv4 system for many years now. The old protocol, based on a 32-bit system, could only accommodate 4.3 billion devices, which is not enough for the growing number of devices connected to the Internet today. IPv6 is safer, more efficient and usable, making it an ideal platform for future 5G applications. “The idea is that IPv6 addresses will be accepted as identifiers for external and internal tools in organizations,” said technology policy analyst Prasanto K. Roy.
In addition, IPv6 is also expected to provide better tracking and interaction between networks and devices in the future. This is important, given the growth of Internet of Things (IoT), which is expected when 5G networks begin to enter. For example, in connected cars, various car segments connect to a network, which means they may need all of their IP addresses. In fact, while the program does not directly affect Internet speed or bandwidth, it is important to ensure all devices are connected to the Internet and communication.