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By: Srnet  09-12-2011

Canada’s advanced networks promote World IPv6 Day
Enabling IPv6 for research and education across Canada

OTTAWA – Canada’s advanced research and education (R&E) networks are leading the way in helping their users adopt the next-generation Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and celebrating World IPv6 Day today to help raise awareness of the need for organizations to transition to IPv6.

Today, Canada’s advanced networks for research and education – , ACORN-NS, ACORN-NL, Aurora College, BCNET, Cybera, MRNet, University of New Brunswick, ORION, University of PEI, RISQ, SRnet, and Yukon College – join Google, Facebook, Yahoo! and others in raising awareness of the urgency on World IPv6 Day.

Without IPv6 functionality, Canadian researchers involved in international research collaboration projects will find themselves unable to access data or collaborate with their peers around the world who are IPv6-enabled. This is particularly true with leading IPv6-enabled countries like China and South Korea. The issue will become increasingly urgent in the next year, as more and more websites and online resources and applications are only available in the IPv6 space.

Therefore, it is essential that Canada’s research and education institutions migrate to IPv6, so that participation in international research collaborations is not interrupted.

Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses, which connect computers and other devices to the Internet, are widely expected to run out by 2012. In some regions, this has already happened. IPv6 addresses this issue, which is growing in part due to the proliferation of “connected” devices – cell phones, cars, appliances, watches, even refrigerators – that require an IP address. IPv6 provides greater IP addressing capacity – more than 4 billion times more addresses than IPv4 – and it enhances security.

Internet users will not need to do anything differently on World IPv6 Day. Web services, Internet service providers, and operating system manufacturers will be updating their systems to ensure Internet users enjoy uninterrupted service. Participating websites will not switch from IPv4 to IPv6; they will enable IPv6 in addition to IPv4.

The CANARIE Network has been IPv6-enabled since 2000, and has championed efforts to transition Canada’s provincial and territorial research and education networks to the IPv6 platform. Over the past several months CANARIE has led an IPv6 working group whose objectives are to help Canadian universities and other institutions move towards IPv6 readiness and to promote and to support IPv6 awareness and training. CANARIE has also provided funding to its provincial network partners to complete their deployment plans, and conducted a series of 10 webinars on the technical requirements of the transition. The webinars have been recorded and are available as an ongoing resource.

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Kathryn Anthonisen
Director of Communications
CANARIE Inc.
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Tamara Klein
Communications Manager
BCNET
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Tamara Stoll
Communications Officer
Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION)
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Meagan Hampel
Communications Officer
Cybera Inc.
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Ginette Labarre
Agente de communications
Réseau d’informations scientifiques du Québec (RISQ)
(514) 845-7181 poste 221
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Gerry Miller
Executive Director
Manitoba Research Network (MRnet)
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Cy Scheske
President
Saskatchewan Research Network (SRnet)
(306) 790-7579
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Todd Farrell
ACORN-NL
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Terry Dalton
Chair
ACORN-NS
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Terry Nikkel
New Brunswick Advanced Network
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Blair Vessey
Prince Edward Island Advanced Network
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Jason Panter
Northwest Territories Advanced Network
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