April 5, 2012 - 17:59 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - VivaCell-MTS has announced its decision to join the IPv6 World Launch Day on June 6.
Major Internet service providers, networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies worldwide have expressed commitment to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by 6 June 2012. VivaCell-MTS has also decided to join the IPv6 World Launch Day and take part in shift to IPv6, the largest transition in the history of Internet.
Organized by the Internet Society, World IPv6 Launch is a major cornerstone in the global transition to IPv6. As the successor to the current Internet Protocol, IPv4, IPv6 is essential to the continued growth of the Web.
The old version of the Internet Protocol (IPv4), which has been around since 1981, is almost full up. With the rapid growth of the Internet, there is need to develop a new Internet protocol “IPv6” that allows connection of a large number of devices. The most important feature of IPv6 is a much larger address space than in the presently used protocol IPv4. While the latter uses 32-bit address format or, in other words, provides over 4 billion unique IP addresses, the IPv6, which has been around since 1995, and works alongside the IPv4, uses 128 bits address format (approximately 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses).
The importance of introducing IPv6 is conditioned by the necessity of having more unique IP addresses given the rapidly increasing number of end-user devices used for connecting to internet such as PCs, netbooks, notebooks, mobile phones, and different type of gadgets.
Over the recent years, VivaCell-MTS, as a major player in the mobile communication market, has been experiencing significant growth of traffic, and introduction of IPv6 is a necessary precondition to that growth, the company’s press service reported.