As the current generation of the internet will "run out of space" because of its lack of addresses, IPv6 -the sixth version of the Internet Protocol- will succeed and provide a wide range of addresses and services. It will underpin the convergence process between fixed and mobile, as well as between data, voice and video. With IPv6, addresses can be assigned to a new breed of internet-capable devices -mobile phones, car navigation systems, home appliances, industrial equipment and much more. All of these devices can be linked together, constantly communicating wirelessly.
After intense developments and investments, first IPv6 deployments are happening at European and Global level. The European Commission is engaging in a process of identifying the hurdles and triggers for IPv6 deployment and ultimately to define policies moving forward its wide adoption. As part of this process, a consultation on IPv6 evolution is now launched (closing date : 24 February 2006). Read more