Comcast Plans 2010 IPv6 Trials2010-01-29 09:29 by Philip
Tags: Comcast, IPv6, IPv4, IETF, 6RD, DS-Lite
Comcast has announced plans to conduct production level technical trials of IPv6 technology this year, and is encouraging customers to participate in the some of these trials.
The transition from IPv4 addresses to IPv6 addresses is a necessity, as the available pool of IPv4 addresses will at some point be exhausted for all Internet users. These trials will help Comcast to identify and solve any areas of difficulty involved in the transition to native IPv6, and to determine what approach will be the easiest and most seamless to customers.
According to Comcast, they'll "continue to share what we learn with the Internet community, particularly with the IETF, for the benefit of other users of the Internet".
Trial #2 will evaluate a native Dual-Stack IPv6 deployment. We will test issuing both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses to the customer premise. This trial will attempt to suit a variety of customer premise configurations, and will evolve over time as the customer premise equipment (CPE) support for IPv6 matures. Native, dual-stack is central to our IPv6 strategy and we expect that the native dual-stack solution will be a significant part of the IPv6 transition, enabling IPv6 technology to evolve globally while still being able to provide seamless services to the traditional IPv4 Internet.
Trial #4 will evaluate how to deploy IPv6 to our Business Class customers, on a native Dual-Stack IPv6 basis.
All dates are tentative and are subject to change. Also, trial dates have been set conservatively, which means that some trials may begin earlier than indicated above.
The company has launched a website for IPv6 trials information and updates: http://www/comcast6.net