Industry Specification Group (ISG) IPv6 Integration (IPE) Activity Report 2021

Chair: Latif Ladid, IPv6 Forum, Université de Luxembourg

Realizing the full vision of ‘IPv6 on everything’, and facilitating the business success of this technology across a wide range of applications and use cases.

Numerous technology innovations – including 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), AI, hybrid multi-cloud systems, edge computing and automation – are rapidly gaining momentum. As more and more devices including vehicles, sensors and home appliances become connected, ‘IP on Everything’ is becoming a significant industry trend. In this context, the transition to IPv6 is inevitable due to IPv4 address shortages

Following closure at the end of 2020 of ISG IP6 activities, in January 2021 ETSI announced the launch of its Industry Specification Group on IPv6 Enhanced innovation (ISG IPE) to tackle increasing industry needs for IPv6 adoption in multiple use cases and scenarios.

The group aims to identify and describe IPv6 based solutions, assessing the derived requirements and reference architectures that are needed to enable the deployment of IPv6 across the new and evolving technology domains. Its focus is also on the automated IPv6 end-to-end reference architecture by introducing a horizontal approach that complements the activities of other SDOs.

In addition, ISG IPE aims to demonstrate use cases and proofs of concept plus IPv6 trials and real-life deployments to showcase innovation on IPv6 networking topics and validate standards-based approaches. Further goals of the group are to facilitate rapid adoption of IPv6, enhance the industry ecosystem, accelerate innovation and to share best practices that will allow the smooth transition from legacy solutions.

Published in August 2021, the ISG’s first deliverable is Group Report [GR IPE 001] ‘IPv6 Enhanced Innovation: Gap Analysis’. Compiled by 15 leading IP industry players, the report analyzes requirements created by new use cases and services such as 5G and the cloud, identifying specific gaps and advantages of IPv6 in IP link, multicast, security, O&M solutions, and IPv6-only networks and thus accelerating IPv6-based innovation.

Identifying recommendations for new features of IPv6 enhanced innovations and paving the way for consensus among global IP industry players, the report analyzes the key value scenarios of IPv6 deployment, including cloud and IP network convergence, distributed edge computing, operators transport infrastructure, research, and education networks, and NB-IoT networks. It also analyzes IPv6 enhanced innovations in multiple scenarios – including proactive ND, flexible extension headers, SRv6-based forwarding, service-based slicing, telemetry-based OAM, advanced multicast, service-oriented networking, and computing-based networking – from perspectives of technical value, features and development trends.

There are already more than 70 players in the growing IPE family from all over the world.

In September ETSI held two webinars on ‘IPv6 Enhanced Innovation: the IPv6-Only Future in the 5G, IoT & Cloud Era’. Ten experts from government institutions, operators, manufacturers, and research institutes shared their vision, industry development and progress made to date within ISG IPE. Webinars are available to view at:

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During the year work meanwhile continued on other deliverables, including new Group Reports addressing:

  • IPv6 based data centres, network and cloud integration
  • IPv6 based enterprise networking and Industrial Internet
  • 5G transport over IPv6/SRv6
  • Deployment of IPv6 and cloud using the NIST Data Block Matrix for food supply chain tracking and tracing
  • IPv6-based 5G for CAM (Connected and Automated Mobility)
  • SRv6 based service function chain for value-added service in operator network
  • IPE PoC (Proof of Concepts) framework
  • Deployment best practice for IPv6-based root server

See the full list of current ISG IPE Work Items here.