World IPv6 Day and New Zealand

, posted: 8-Jun-2011 09:04

It's World IPv6 Day, something everyone interested in things Internet should pay attention to as the move to the new addressing protocol has become urgent this year. Here's what the New Zealand IPv6 Task Force is doing.

The New Zealand IPv6 Task Force is pleased to announce its support for
World IPv6 Day, a global event sponsored and organised by the
international Internet Society (ISOC) and several large content
providers to test public IPv6 deployment.

World IPv6 Day runs over 24 hours, from 00:00 to 23:59 UTC (from 12
noon New Zealand time) on 8 June 2011.

Task Force Technical Convenor Dean Pemberton says mass adoption of
IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) is critical to the future of the
Internet. He describes World IPv6 Day as a watershed moment, one that
all New Zealand organisations should be aware of.

“The Internet has grown so quickly that the pool of IPv4 addresses
used by most computers and devices has run out. IPv6 allows for
trillions more IP addresses; more than enough to fuel the next stage
of the Internet's growth.

“World IPv6 Day aims to motivate all organisations to prepare their
services for IPv6. On the Day a swathe of major providers including
Google,  Facebook and Yahoo will be among many global firms offering
their content over IPv6,” he says.

The New Zealand IPv6 Task Force is right behind World IPv6 Day. It has
registered with ISOC as a participating organisation and strongly
encourages all New Zealand content providers and ISPs to take part.

On World IPv6 Day, Pemberton will be speaking at a video seminar
entitled 'IPv6 through the crystal ball. What a future with IPv6 might
look like'. The seminar is being held on the afternoon of 8 June NZT.
For more information visit .

The Task Force is also repeating its survey of IPv6 readiness in New
Zealand, with preliminary results to be published on the Task Force's
website on World IPv6 Day.

Task Force member TelstraClear will be making its main websites
accessible via IPv6 on World IPv6 Day. It will also be assisting with
enabling IPv6 on the Flybuys website.

ICT services firm Gen-i (on behalf of Task Force member Telecom) has
launched a target dual-stack test webpage for World IPv6 Day, along
with a link to an information page -

Can you reach IPv6-only websites? Check your connectivity using the
'IPv6 Check' widget on the Task Force’s website (

Let us know what your plans are for World IPv6 Day and we will publish
these online. Already offering IPv6 products or services? Let us know
and we will include you on our Service Directory.

In recent months sponsorship of the New Zealand IPv6 Task Force has
expanded to include support from InternetNZ, FX Networks, Microsoft
and InspireNet.

InternetNZ Chief Executive Vikram Kumar says widespread diffusion of
IPv6 is a certainty and World IPv6 Day will assist with people’s
experience and confidence in the new protocol.

Internet backbone provider FX Networks has long been a champion of
IPv6. General Manager Jamie Baddeley says “World IPv6 Day will help
raise general awareness of the importance of IPv6 adoption.  FX has
been ready for this Day for over two years, having fully supported
IPv6 since 2009”.

Palmerston North-based ISP InspireNet, who hosts the Task Force’s
website, says “ We believe that IPv4 exhaustion and the transition to
IPv6 is a key change, and it features heavily in our network

Microsoft New Zealand is also pleased to be participating in World
IPv6 Day, and will be doing so by enabling both Bing and XBOX services
to work over IPv6 on 8 June. “As a company we have been working
towards a smooth and prudent transition, and teams across the company
have been readying our products and services to support IPv6,” says
CTO Mark Rees.

More information about World IPv6 Day is available at:

For more information contact:

Dean Pemberton
Technical Convenor
New Zealand IPv6 Task Force
021 920 363

About the New Zealand IPv6 Task Force
The New Zealand IPv6 Task Force is tasked with promoting the adoption
of IPv6, assisting with training and education options and
implementation planning. The Task Force is aligned with the Global
IPv6 Forum, and its work is driven by the impending exhaustion of IPv4
addressing and the associated risk and additional cost that this is
expected to impose on New Zealand organisations.

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