Indian Internet gets IPV6: Why this is an important change

The Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers (IRINN) has started issuing next version of Internet addresses 'IPv6', which would make it easy for security agencies to identify each Internet user.


The Internet as we know it has changed.

The Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers (IRINN) has started issuing next version of Internet addresses 'IPv6', which would make it easy for security agencies to identify each Internet user.

So why is IPv6 important and why should you care? IPv6 is a big step up from the Internet Protocol Version 4. The IPv4 is your IP address, which is made up of a sequence of four sets of numbers. The IP address is what allows communication between different devices. However due to the ever-growing usage of the Internet, the number of sequences in IPv4 has been exhausted. The solution was seen as IPv6 which would use a set of six numbers to allocate new addresses to users.

AsPCWorldreports, IPv6 uses 128-bit addresses and is capable of 340 undecillion addresses. That is 340 times 10 to the 36th power, or 340 trillion trillion trillion possible IP addresses. That's a a lot of IP addresses indeed.

An IP address is what allows communication between different devices. The solution was seen as IPv6 which would use a set of six numbers to allocate new addresses to users. Most computers with Windows 7 and higher do have an option for IPv6 so don't worry this new system won't deprive you of Internet access.

The Internet addresses under the present version IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4), are limited and service providers often assign single IP address to many users, making it difficult to identify the end user.

 Indian Internet gets IPV6: Why this is an important change

IPv6 logo from 6 June launch. Screengrab of the site.

On 6 June this year, tech companies like Google, Facebook, Bing.com, Google.com, Gmail.com, and YouTube.com went live with IPv6.

"The number of IPv6 addresses available is enormous. ISPs (Internet Service Providers) can allocate an IP address to their users. People can be easily identified if they are using IPv6," APNIC Director (Services and Operations) Sanjaya said at the roadshow for new version IPv6.

APNIC, which is one of the five authorised bodies for issuing Internet addresses, has recognised Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers (IRINN) for issuing IP addresses in India.

"We are issuing IPv6 addresses at up to 60 per cent less than prevailing rates in the ongoing soft launch period. This is to test compatibility of hardware and softwares that has to be in place. In next couple of months we will launch industrial grade of IPv6," National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) Chief Executive Govind said.

IRINN has been set-up under the state-run NIXI.On new version IPv6, Internet Service Providers Association of India President Rajesh Charia said that the new addresses will be multiple times cheaper for companies than IPv4 addresses.

IRINN is issuing initial set-of IPv6 addresses in price range starting at Rs 21,999 compared to prevalent rate of around Rs 66,000 in Asia Pacific region.

On addressing security issues with the help of IPv6, Charia said, "Government will have to ensure that the new equipment and devices that are produced or imported in the country are at least IPv6 enabled."

At present, there is no import restriction on devices and equipment that do not comply with IPv6 standards.

With inputs from PTI


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