TCON plans to facilitate migration of network providers to IPV6

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has said it will facilitate the migration of Nigerian network operators from Internet Protocol Version Four (IPV4) to Internet Protocol Version Six (IPV6).

ATCON Executive Secretary, Mr Ajibola Olude, made this known in a statement in Lagos last week.

An Internet Protocol (IP) address is essentially a postal address for each and every Internet-connected device, which allows websites to identify where to send information each time one tries to perform a search or try to access a website.

IPv6 is the most recent version of IP, the communications protocol that provides identification and location system for computers on networks and it routes traffic across the internet.

He said there was a need for network operators to migrate to IPV6 because of its attendant advantages.

Olude said the association would facilitate the migration through a four-day International workshop with the topic: ‘Internet Number Resources Management (INRM) and IPv6 Planning and Deployment.”

The training, he said, was in collaboration with the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), University of Ibadan (UI) and the Africa Network Information Centre (AFRINIC).

“This is part of AFRINIC annual free extensive training programme for over 600 network engineers, with priority given to its members.

“Participation at the workshop is targeted at network engineers in Nigeria’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ecosystem, including the academics.

“Resource persons for this workshop are international experts coming from outside Nigeria,” Olude said.

He said the workshop would provide qualitative training for those engineers that managed the networks.

He added that the workshop would provide network engineers with the required knowledge to compete favourably with their counterparts in the global market.