April 28, 2006

"Report of IPv6 Transition Field Trial"
- towards a ubiquitous network society -

             In order to realize a ubiquitous network society where everything and everyone will be interconnected by enabling a smooth transition of the entire Internet infrastructures from IPv4 to IPv6, MIC carried out model verification experiments including verification of effectiveness of IPv6 in various application environments and reliability of the IPv4 - IPv6 transition models. MIC releases the report of IPv6 Transition Field Trial to the public.
1. Background
            IPv6, which is the next-generation specification, is a set of key technologies for realizing a ubiquitous network society where everything and everyone will be interconnected.
             When comparing IPv6 with the current IPv4, the number of addresses will dramatically increase (IPv6 is 128bits and IPv4 is 32bits), and strengthened security (e.g. the encrypted telecommunication called IP Sec as standard equipments), and the simplification of various settings (e.g. automatic address settings by connecting devices with networks) will be realized. In more concrete terms, through the use of IPv6, advanced and diversified services will become available in the fields of home security, education, nursing care, transport, etc.
             As realization of a smooth transition of the current Internet infrastructures from IPv4 to IPv6 is an imminent issue, "e-Japan Strategy," set "the transition to IPv6 compliant Internet platforms" as a concrete policy target.

2. MIC efforts
            Since FY2003, MIC has been implementing three-year-periods verification experiments by linking a model network for enabling the environment which allows users such as local public entities, corporate users and residential users to use IPv6 easily.
             With respect to field trials carried out in FY2005, MIC accelerated penetration of IPv6 through experimenting with the models for building various IPv6 ubiquitous network systems in local communities in addition to the implementation of technical verifications on network operations related to IPv6.
             In addition, in order to encourage the transition to IPv6, MIC has been widely releasing the results of verification experiments domestically and internationally. For further information on verification results by FY2004, please refer to the following URL:
             http://www.v6trans.jp/jp/ (Japanese)
             http://www.v6trans.jp/en/ (English)

  MIC will pursue the development of IP infrastructure for realizing the ubiquitous network society where everything and everyone will become interconnected.

  Summary of the IPv6 Transition Field Trial carried out in FY2005(PDF)

Reference URL
  IPv6 Deployment Guideline (to be posted soon)

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