IPv6 at Acreo

For Acreo the IPv6 transition is of key importance, not only in order to operate a modern and adequate network ourselves, but also to offer advice and interoperability testing to customers and partners.

Even though IPv6 is a new version of the old protocol, it has significant differences. We have the expertise and equipment to help your company through the transition.

Let us know your challenges and needs, and we can assist you.

Contact: Christer Lindqvist ph: +46 8 632 77 64 or email: christer.lindqvist(at)acreo.se

IPv6 activities have been going on for a longer time within the Acreo National Testbed and it is now IPv6 enabled. It is open for all types of organizations for testing in a real network environment with real end users. We have the expertise, and we can perform interoperability tests in the lab or in the field to secure that new equipment will work properly in a mixed IPv4/6 environment.

Check if your domain supports IPv6.

About IPv6

All computers and other devices connected to the Internet have a unique Internet Protocol address, called IP number. This is what enables the communication between units through the Internet.

In an increasingly Internet-connected world, it has been clear for a long time that the current Internet Protocol in use, IPv4, won’t be sufficient for our future Internet use.

With 32-bit address length IPv4 only has four billion addresses, which means it’s not even sufficient for the world’s population to have one address each. Then think about everything else connected to the Internet, alarms, cameras and sensors e.g. for finding a free parking lot; which is just the beginning of Internet of Things.

The only sustainable solution to the problem is to introduce a new version of the protocol, IPv6. This enables Internet services to develop further with more services and multiusers.

With 128-bit address length the total number of possible addresses with IPv6 will be extremely large and no shortage of addresses will occur in a very long term.

IPv4 still dominates the Internet, only a few per cent of the world’s computers has IPv6 addresses and Kina is in the forefront of this evolution. Eventually, the whole Internet protocol has to be replaced by the new version.Supposedly all companies will be affected by this replacement, especially those who deliver network services and/or products. Also companies and organizations who have business in Asia need to be reachable through IPv6 because there are already many end users without native IPv4 connectivity in that area in particular.