IPv6 Testing

Internet Protocol (IP) is used for communicating data across a packet-switched internetwork, providing the service of communicable unique global addressing amongst computers. IPv6 is the next generation Internet. It gives increased address space and true end-to-end communication. It has improved security and mobility features and allows 'plug-and-play' connection to the network.

IPv6 technology is complex to implement and the IETF (The Internet Engineering Task Force) standards on which it is based are relatively open. This means that testing is essential to the deployment, interoperability and security of the IPv6 infrastructure. This infrastructure being the basis for e-Government, e-Business, e-Health, e-Learning and e-Procurement, their success ultimately depends on IPv6 testing.

ETSI technical committee MTS (Methods for Testing and Specification) had set up a working group, MTS-IPT (IP Testing) to focus on methodology and the production of test specifications for IP-related protocols. Co-funded by ETSI and the EC/EFTA, MTS-IPT was an open group at which participation was welcome.

This project provided a publicly available test development framework and interoperability test packages for four key areas of IPv6:

  • core protocol
  • security
  • mobility
  • transitioning (IPv4 to IPv6).