When the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) in September 2015 finally ran out of IPv4 addresses after years of warning that this was an eventuality, it seemed like an anti-climax. Nevertheless the event seems to have added increased urgency to telecom industry IPv6 initiatives.
The latest evidence that stakeholders are taking IPv6 seriously comes from the University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL), which recently announced it had awarded its first set of ¨IPv6 Ready¨ CE router certifications. Broadcom, Netgear and ZTE earned the right to affix the ¨IPv6 Ready¨ logo on four new CE routers whose ability to use the new Internet addressing standard was verified in a series of test cases.
IPv6 Ready Certification
All four IPv6 routers successfully met the requirements set by v6LC, the IPv6 Ready Logo Committee, by passing tests or official reviews within the UNH-IOL Home Networking Consortium, which also provides certification test services for the Broadband Forum’s BBF.069 Certification, DLNA Certification, and RVU Alliance Certification as well as the IPv6 Ready router certification.
IPv6 expands the length of individual Internet addresses from 32 to 128 bits, thereby creating a virtually limitless supply, UNH-IOL notes. That’s critical to supporting increasing numbers of connected devices and network traffic, both of which continue to grow at a rapid rate. IPv6 also improves security and the ability of devices to communicate more directly, both of which are important to service providers aiming to introduce or expand smart home products and services.
Ownership of smart home products surged 50% in the past year, according to Parks Associates, UNH-IOL notes. Furthermore, 43% of U.S. broadband households plan to purchase a smart home device in the next 12 months, according to Parks’ research.
“IPv6 is no longer the future, but the present, which makes independent testing programs such as those offered by the UNH-IOL more important than ever before,” commented John Brzozowski, Fellow and Chief IPv6 Architect at Comcast Cable.
“Operating the world’s largest native broadband IPv6 deployment, we’ve seen the critical importance of industry standards in ensuring interoperability, and smoothing the ongoing transition from IPv4 to IPv6. The ‘IPv6 Ready’ CE Router Logo not only provides critical information to consumers, but also helps to support IPv6 adoption.”