South Australia-based ISP, Internode, will be gradually moving its national trial IPv6 services to full production this year. It completed its 12-month IPv6 production environment trial in November last year.
The ISP has been offering native IPv6 dual-stack services for more than a year and has ensured company issued devices such as routers are all IPv6 compliant.
The deployment and transition from the IPv4 to IPv6 protocol has been somewhat laggard. IPv4 addresses are expected to run out in the coming months which have created a sense of urgency.
While the technical implications seem to elude most consumers, Internode wants to ensure its subscribers can have a pain-free experience transitioning from IPv4 to the IPv6 standard.
Benefits of IPv6 include improved auto-configuration of systems and facilitating allocation of IP addresses for every device that can connect to the Internet.
New Internet users will be assigned two types of Internet addresses in a dual stack mode, the ISP said.
Major router vendors have been using the ISP’s IPv6 service to test their software for real-world application, according to Internode.
“Internode is IPv6-enabling every aspect of its operations progressively during 2011 from its web and mail servers to the routers that it sells to customers,” the ISP said in a statement. “Every aspect of this chain of connections at Internode will support IPv6.”
Internode subscribers interested in testing out IPv6 can do so by visiting http://ipv6.internode.on.net. Existing customers can switch on IPv6 at their leisure while post 2011 customers will be issued IPv6 addresses automatically.