Finally the national regulator, Potraz, (Postal and Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe), is leading from the front taking the supposedly new technology protocol head on, as most Zimbabwean companies are reluctant to bundle out of the dwindling tradition IPV4 to the abundant IPV6 platform.
Of course, from the networking perspective, we all know the new protocol is a real challenge to implement forcing many technicians to focus on their core business, daily problems instead of introducing a new subnetting headache. However, Potraz has a new survey here , which we think Zimbabweans must take part in.
According to the African Network Information Centre (AfriNic), who are the Regional Internet Registry for the African region, Africa still has unallocated IPv4 address blocks that are expected to last until 2019 based on the current rate of allocation in the region. This is less than 5 years away. Other regions like Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America have already exhausted their last remaining blocks of IPv4 addresses.
The Internet Protocol (IP) is a set of rules for sending information between computers on the Internet. Each device that uses the Internet Protocol has at least one IP address that identifies it to all other devices on the planet, just like a person might have a postal address or a phone number. IP is the global standard for data networks. It allows the transmission of data through the World Wide Web and private networks by routing the data from source to destination using an IP address.
IPv4, which is the current version of IP, was specified in the 1970s. At that time it was not anticipated that the internet would grow at the rate currently being experienced. As a result the available pool of 32 bit addresses has proved to be inadequate to sustain this explosive growth of the internet. In the late 1990’s a new IP version, called IPv6, was ratified. IPv6 has a vastly extended range of 128 bit addresses, and also incorporates a number of other functional enhancements over IPv4. Migration to IPv6 will increase the total address space size from about 4.3 billion for IPv4 to about 340 trillion, trillion, trillion for IPv6.
It is however important to note that the migration to IPv6 is not just about running out of IPv4 addresses; it is more about its use to access customers, resources, devices, and content as IPv6 addresses become more prevalent. Governments and regulators therefore, need to encourage the timely and efficient adoption of IPv6 and to minimize the impact of the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses on individual stakeholder groups and the consequential impact on their productivity. In recognition of this, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) is undertaking this survey for the Republic of Zimbabwe.
This survey is intended to achieve the following main objectives, among others:
1. To assess the level of awareness of the existence of IPv6 within the Zimbabwean ICT Ecosystem.
2. To assess the level of awareness of the need to migrate to IPv6 within the Zimbabwean ICT Ecosystem.
3. To assess the level of IPv6 Knowledge among the local ICT professionals.
4. To assess the level of, and encourage IPv6 readiness planning among local organisations.
5. To motivate Zimbabwean organisations to seriously start thinking about the need to migrate to IPv6.
6. To assist Zimbabwean organisations in identifying some of the areas to focus on in their efforts to make their environments IPv6 ready.
7. To develop a capacity development strategy for IPv6.
This survey is open to all organisations operating in Zimbabwe.
All information provided during this survey will remain confidential.
This survey is scheduled to last for 14 days starting 01 November 2014 ending on 14 November 2014.