Globe has already set in motion the transition of its core IP network to IPv6, or Internet Protocol version 6, making sure it is fully prepared as the Internet runs out of IPv4 addresses. Currently, public IPv4 addresses are being used to connect to the Internet and with these facing exhaustion in the near future, there is a strong need to move toward IPv6.
IPv6 supports a vastly larger amount of IP addresses than its predecessor. It can accommodate the immensely growing number of users, devices with wireless or wired access, and web services on the Internet. IPv6 will enable enterprise customers to have more public IP addresses to allocate within their organizations.
IPv4 has a 32-bit address size, the sequence of numbers assigned to each Internet-connected device, which translates to approximately four billion IP addresses. IPv6, widely considered as the next-generation IP, has a 128-bit address space, which allows over four billion times more space on the Internet. It will enable more people to connect online, allowing the Internet to sustain its enormous growth.
As Globe completes its IPv6 deployment, it will be able to provide a seamless Internet experience for its customers. The transition to IPv6 on its core IP network will give enterprises access to both IPv4 and IPv6 sites or destinations on the Internet, as the resulting infrastructure will be capable of transporting both types of traffic. Globe assures enterprises of business continuity for a seamless transition to IPv6.
“With this initiative, business directory requiring Internet connectivity will remain uninterrupted. Our users will have continued access to the Internet using new IPv6 addresses. While other Internet service providers around the world are still considering the transition to IPv6, Globe is very much prepared to make the move and supports its early adoption in the Philippines. Enterprises can expect a smooth transition as Globe is now closer to becoming 100 percent IPv6 ready,” said Jesus C. Romero, Head of Globe Business.
Globe is the first local telco to test IPv6 with DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute and PhOpenIX. DOST-ASTI operates PREGINET, which is the research and education network of the Philippines that pioneered IPv6 trials in the country in 2000. DOST-ASTI also operates PhOpenIX, a carrier-neutral IPv4 and IPv6 exchange point in the Philippines. The transition of the IP network of Globe also supports the government’s mandate to deploy and use IPv6, encouraging its agencies and the private sector to promote its adoption within the country.
Today, Globe already has IPv6 sessions with top global carriers and content distribution networks. Globe is the first Philippine carrier to enable IPv6 with AT&T, Cable& Wireless Worldwide, KDDI, Level 3 Communications, SingTel, Sprint, StarHub, Limelight Networks and Yahoo!.
“As one of the first network providers to roll out IPv6 capabilities globally, Cable&Wireless Worldwide is well placed to be one of Globe’s IP Partners. AS1273, the strategic Internet platform which Globe taps on, has supported IPv6 since 2001 and extensive IPv6 peering. We are pleased to be able to partner with Globe in providing dual stack IPv4 and IPv6 services, so as to support the fast growing Internet usage in the Philippines and to ensure an undisrupted surfing experience for end-users,” said Nick Lambert, Managing Director for Global Markets of Cable&Wireless Worldwide.
Similarly, Kirk Williams, Senior Director of Infrastructure Strategy at Yahoo! stated, “As a leader in addressing the scaling challenges of the Internet, Yahoo! is delighted to see Globe’s commitment to IPv6 readiness and to be the first Philippine carrier to enable IPv6 peering with the Yahoo! network. IPv6 readiness is critical to supporting our customers and advertisers within the Philippines and around the world. As a founding organizer of World IPv6 Day, Yahoo!’s goal is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors, and Web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 address space runs out.”
Globe will participate in the World IPv6 Day, which is the global-scale testing of the new IPv6, set on June 8, 2011. The Internet Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet-related standards, education and policy, announced that Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks will offer their content over IPv6 during the 24-hour test drive. The goal is to accelerate IPv6 deployment worldwide and Globe aims to actively contribute to this initiative by taking part in the upcoming World IPv6 Day.
For more information on IPv6, log on to http://biz6.globe.com.ph.