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Consumer vendors not ready for IPv6: report E-mail
by Stephen Withers   
Friday, 20 February 2009
The consumer sector could be Australia's stumbling block when it comes to IPv6 transition, according to new research.

Most of the Internet currently uses IPv4, but the protocol's relatively small number of unique addresses and other shortcomings led to the development of IPv6.

The world is expected to run out of IPv4 addresses in approximately two years. While technologies such as NAT (network address translation) help to make the most of the address pool, there are advantages to be gained from giving each device a unique IP address.

These include avoiding the need for port forwarding and port triggering by routers. On the other hand, NAT does provide a degree of security by at least partially masking devices from the Internet.

While Australian carriers, enterprise users and their suppliers are well placed to move to IPv6, the same isn't true of the consumer sector, a report [PDF] compiled by Market Clarity concludes.

"Australia's fixed broadband market of more than five million subscribers represents a very large installed base of CPE (customer premises equipment), most of which presumably cannot support IPv6 either as a current feature or as an upgrade," the report says.
Furthermore, "it is likely that most consumers are unaware of the problem and unlikely to cope with a sudden migration to IPv6."

Is this a real problem? Please read on.

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