By Bridget Linzie

On July 21st 2021, HUAWEI successfully delivered an online training on the IPv6+ to CRASA members. During the training, Huawei and AFRINIC experts from various fields conducted in-depth enablement and communication with regulators and government officials for SADC region from multiple dimensions including industry policies, development trend and requirements of the IP industry,IPv6+ innovations in the 5G and cloud era, development trends of DCN and campus networks, and IP talent cultivation. More than 40 people participated in the one-day online training. This training is the first of its kind given to the ICT regulators in region.

Mr. Yang Chen, the Vice President of Huawei SouthernAfrica, in his welcoming remarks, said that “thatIPv6 was the cornerstone of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the digital economy. He also said that IPv6+ enables digital economy services, accelerates the development of various industries, and stimulates service innovation. He, further, said that choosing the correct strategies for managing the transition to IPv6 should be based on industry standards and consensus. He, furthermore, said that the simplest way in most cases is to enable dual stack throughout the network but this may not necessarily be possible with all devices and is not sustainable where new global IPv4 routable prefixes are required such for broadband customers.”

Mr. Chen also says ‘IPv6 was a basic ingredient to address current evolution trends and solve the problem of insufficient IP addresses. He also noted that with the emerging services it required massive, high-quality, and fast connections. He, therefore, noted that the new services created higher requirements on network automation, intelligence, and user experience. He, in conclusion, recommended that to tackle those requirements, IPv6 need to combine with other technologies to generate groundbreaking"IPv6+" based networks’.

Mrs.Bridget Linzie, the CRASA Executive Secretary, in her opening remarks says: ‘Despite the fact that CRASA Members did not have a direct role in assignment of IP addresses,CRASA had a greater role to facilitate and encourage the internet industry to deploy the newer and innovative technologies including the IPv6. CRASA members have a role to bring understanding to their respective governments on the need to endorse policy directives that would promote investment in the internet-based infrastructure’.

Mrs Linzie says ‘the Huawei training initiative had come at the right time when the SouthernAfrican Development Community (SADC) region was seriously considering migrating and transitioning to IPV6, the training has provided a very good understanding of the IPV6 migration principles. She thus said that CRASA was willing to work together further with all industry players, to enhanced innovations in the context of things like use cases, reference architecture as well as best deployment practices’.

In concluding the workshop, Mr Itulelo Matiyabu Imaja, the Chairperson of ConsumerCommittee, says ‘‘Deployment of IPv6 provides the strong base for all the new digital technologies and services evolution in the SADC Region’