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Verizon leading charge to IPv6

By Max Burkhalter
May 31, 2011
Transforming network infrastructure to support the IPv6 address protocol is rapidly becoming a priority for businesses and service providers. However, it has been in the forefront of Verizon's perspective on the industry since the late 1990s and the company is positioned well to adopt the new standard. Therefore, the company plans to participate fully in the upcoming World IPv6 Day trial for the new technological system.

Verizon's IPv6 systems began to develop in 1998, when the company deployed a major backbone network to support advanced performance capabilities. This network was IPv6-ready when it was first enabled. Since then, the company has been leading the charge toward IPv6 migration.

Jean McManus, executive director of Verizon's Corporate Technology organization, said the company's place as a leader in IPv6 adoption positions it to offer IPv6 connections to all of its customers. Such services have become a staple for many of its users and World IPv6 Day should be a good opportunity to expand the standard's reach, he said.

"Many Verizon Wireless customers are using IPv6 on the 4G LTE network, while our Verizon enterprise customers are seeking opportunities to begin testing their hardware and software using the new protocol. World IPv6 Day will give everyone an opportunity to participate in the testing and learn more about the benefits and capabilities of IPv6," said McManus.

Verizon expects the new IPv6 protocol to support a number of advanced networking technologies and gain a firm hold on the network industry's future. IPv6 could fuel significant innovation in the sector, the company said.

To accomplish IPv6, Verizon used dual-stack technology. A dual-stack setup features two distinct network tunnels, one to support native IPv4 and the other for native IPv6. Systems are then established to intelligently route IPv4 and IPv6 addresses to the correct network tunnel.

Verizon is not the only company investing in dual-stack technology to leverage the benefits of the IPv6 address protocol. A recent survey of telecom service providers by BT Diamond IT found dual-stack technology is among the most popular systems used to prepare for IPv6. Overall, the survey found a diverse range of methods are being used to support IPv6 migration. However, the survey found 59 percent of respondents plan to use dual-stack technology to transition to IPv6.


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