ISG IP6 activity report

Activity report 2017

Industry Specification Group (ISG) IPv6 Integration (IP6)

Chairman: Patrick Wetterwald, Cisco Systems

Established to define best practices, gather support and create awareness of the impact of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)

Upgrading the Internet with the provision of additional public IP addresses is essential to maintain growth and allow new entrants to join. Developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to solve the problem of IPv4 address exhaustion, IPv6 provides enhanced features and enables new Internet services in need of end-to-end connectivity and security. It may be anything from 10 to 40% faster than IPv4 for mobile communications applications. IPv6 is also the key technology to enable the deployment of the billions of new devices that form the Internet of Things (IoT). As mobile data traffic continues to increase significantly, major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have started prioritising IPv6 traffic.

ETSI’s ISG IP6 is addressing the transition from IPv4 to IPv6. The group brings together stakeholders worldwide to work on pre-standardization in a neutral environment, defining requirements and use cases, outlining best practices, gathering support and creating awareness of the impact of IPv6. 

In 2017, we delivered four Group Reports (GRs) covering generic migration steps from IPv4 to IPv6, IoT deployment, enterprise deployment and IPv6-based industrial Internet leveraging 6TiSCH (IPv6 over Time-Slotted Channel Hopping) technology.

Following on from this, we will continue developing a further series of Group Reports outlining the motivation and best practices for the deployment of IPv6 in different areas (5G, SDN/NFV, Root server, Security and Privacy, Tactile Internet, Mobile wireless, Safety and emergency, Fog and Cloud computing). These reports will also include the respective objectives, technology guidelines and an addressing plan, as well as identifying benefits, risks, challenges and milestones.  

ISG IP6 continues to liaise with the IETF, the 5G Focus Group of the Telecommunications Standardization sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T), the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance, the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP™), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the IPv6 Forum.
Within ETSI, ISG IP6 co-operates with ISG NFV and the Network Technologies (TC NTECH) and Integrated Broadband Cable Telecommunication Networks (TC CABLE) committees.

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