Global IPv6 Transition Test Event

ETSI in co-operation with the BII Group and the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory, hosted the 1st Global IPv6 Transition Test Event from November 12-15 2012 in Beijing.

This event was a local industry interoperability event primarily amongst major Chinese market equipment suppliers to assess the maturity and readiness of their equipment’s transition technologies. Only a limited number of tests (~100) were developed and executed during the event.


This sub-set of interoperability tests could be used to complement and contribut towards a wider global set of industry standard validation tests.
Global industry standard validation tests are used to provide market indicators that the equipment adheres to industry requirements for features & performance for each IPV6 transition technology, to validate deployable or deployment levels within a global market and to promote the transition and adoption of IPv6 worldwide.
Three major IPv6 transition scenarios are focused on for the interoperability event:
1) IPv6 backbone supporting both IPv4 and IPv6 users;
2) New users with only IPv6 address who want to visit IPv4 Internet;
3) Existing IPv4 users who want to access IPv6 Internet rapidly.
According to the three transition scenarios we chose a group of IPv6 transition protocols as the scope of testing targets for our interoperability event, which include both translation-based and tunnel-based technologies. 

Different vendors confronted to each other to check against a margin of interoperability tests that there’s a common understanding between their respective implementations as well as to share experiences with the different transition technologies.
The interoperability tests were executed over various end-to-end scenarios for the different transition technologies to check their functionality and stability. In each case, widely used end-to-end applications such as file transfer, email, instant messaging, gaming and video applications were evaluated..
Besides the IPv6 transition protocol testing, this event also paid much attention to the live IPv6 user experience with different transition technologies. The dual-stack end system, management, security and applications were evaluated during the event. This evaluation was out of the scope of the formal test descriptions and was done by survey and live experience.