UAE TRA to host 4th IPv6 Roadshow for UAE Government Entities

WAM ABU DHABI, 8th Sept, 2013 (WAM) — The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, Dubai office is hosting the fourth IPv6 (internet protocol version 6) Roadshow for UAE Government entities from September 8th to 12th. The training programme will be provided by RIPE NCC, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia.

“This month’s roadshow is fundamental in the TRA’s effort to facilitate the UAE’s migration in internet usage from IPv4 to IPv6. The timing of the training is significant primarily because of the impending shortage of IPv4 addresses. By being proactive and scheduling cutting edge training sessions, the UAE will have a wealth of government officials equipped with the necessary knowledge to support the healthy growth of the ICT sector. In turn, this will deliver an improved level of service for users in the UAE which is essentially our ultimate goal as the nation’s regulator,” said Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director-General of the TRA.

The TRA has scheduled September’s IPv6 Roadshow having previously hosted the last session in March 2013. Fifteen government entities have been invited to participate in the programme with thirty government officials scheduled to attend. The TRA has announced its plans to roll out a series of additional training courses in the coming months to ensure the nation’s networks are prepared ahead of time for the looming transition from IPv4 to IPv6.

The current Internet Protocol (IPv4) address, which is equivalent to telephone numbers, is rapidly depleting. IPv6 is the replacement, a new version of the protocol that has a much larger pool of addresses, thus solving the looming capacity crisis presented by IPv4. The transition is a cause for global concern however, as the process is complex and technically intensive. Since the two systems are not compatible, in order to prevent the disruption of internet usage, all parts of the Internet need to start to use IPv6 in parallel with IPv4 before the latter can be withdrawn.

The ultimate goal of the IPv6 training is to relay to participants the importance of adopting this latest internet protocol in their networks and to help build technical capacities to accommodate the various applications and services. The TRA will also provide a virtual laboratory for the group allowing them to prepare networks and testing their settings as per the global scenarios. Covering IPv6 transition mechanisms, routing, addressing and security issues, the IPv6 training program will also include important modules on IPv6 monitoring, security, access, servers and applications.

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