How IPv6 will be deployed

21/02/2012

Organisations should deploy the IPv6 addressing standard so that they are accessible to everyone on the Internet. It is important to start the deployment of IPv6 in good time and to start on a small scale. These are some of the conclusions drawn in the guidance on how to deploy IPv6 produced by PTS.

In its Digital Agenda, the Swedish Government states that public authorities should have deployed the IPv6 addressing standard by no later than 2013.

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) has been assigned by the Government to produce guidance on how principally public authorities and public organisations can deploy IPv6. This is the most recent addressing standard for the Internet.

The IPv4 standard is currently being used, but these addresses will soon run out. IPv6 represents a solution to the scarcity of addresses and provides new opportunities and functions. Organisations can future-proof their accessibility on the Internet by deploying IPv6 alongside IPv4.

“We will provide practical help to those organisations that are considering deploying IPv6. When we deployed IPv6 at PTS ourselves, we would have benefitted greatly from such guidance. The work associated with the guidance has sometimes drawn on our own experiences,” says Göran Marby, Director-General of PTS.

Work divided into four phases

PTS focuses in its guidance on practical advice for organisations that want to deploy IPv6. This involves among other things starting the deployment in good time and on a small scale, and also beginning at the periphery and working towards the core. 
 
PTS proposes that the actual work associated with IPv6 is split into four different phases:

  • Taking stock of the organisation’s IT environment, for example software and hardware. It is also important to investigate which IPv6 products are available on the market. 
  • Plan for IPv6 by applying for addresses, producing an address plan and also reviewing procedures and routines.
  • Activate IPv6 in, for example, web and e-mail.  
  • Manage by monitoring and following up these services and functions, so that any disruptions and faults can be detected.

PTS also describes in the guidance how finance and security may be affected by the deployment of IPv6.

Deploying IPv6 – Internet Protocol version 6

For more information please contact:
Annica Bergman, Head of Network Security Department, +46 73 640 58 13
or PTS press office, +46 8 678 55 55