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Malaysian government to fully adopt IPv6 by end of next year

By Donna Donnowitz
July 29, 2011
The Malaysian government is set to fully adopt IPv6 by the end of next year and may emerge as the first government in the world to achieve full IPv6 compliance, says Deputy Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang.

According to a report in Bernama the Malaysian National News Agency, Salang said that "the Malaysian government encourages not only its agencies and departments to adopt IPv6, but also industry players who are still using the IPv4.”

"IPv6 is more secure and has a much wider capacity and [is] nearly inexhaustible compared to the IPv4," he told reporters after opening the 2011 Regional IPv6 Conference.

Salang said that he hoped Malaysia’s key industry players would fully adopt the new internet protocol by next year to facilitate communications with their clients in view of the diminishing use of IPv4.

He added that those who refused to move to IPv6 might suffer losses in the long term due to communications problems and compatibility issues with those who had already adopted the new protocol.

"Generally, there has been reluctance among industry players to move to IPv6 due to cost ... they are looking at the cost, not at the opportunity cost," said Salang.

Several government agencies have already adopted IPv6, while several others are in the process of shifting from IPv4.

Meanwhile, chair of the Asia Pacific IPv6 Task Force, Sureswaran Ramadass, commended Malaysia, saying the country had been one of the pioneers in the IPv6 movement.

Universiti Sains Malaysia, through the National Advanced IPv6 Center, is playing a key role in training IPv6 network engineers throughout the world, Salang added.

Sureswaran, the National Advanced IPv6 Center director, said to date, about 3,000 engineers had been trained in Malaysia on IPv6. Of the total, about 1,000 were Malaysians, said Sureswaran.

The Asia Pacific region in general has been making great strides in IPv6 adoption.

Research firm Ovum published a study stating that enterprise customers in the Asia Pacific region feel more urgency to migrate to IPv6 than those in other parts of the globe.

This urgency has largely been driven by the recent announcement from the Asia Pacific Network Information Center that the free pool of IPv4 addresses in the Asia Pacific region has effectively been exhausted.


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