Successful start for IPv6 Task Force France

24 April 2003, Paris, Lightwave Europe--The Ipv6 Task Force France says it has met with "solid success" among participants representing industry, Internet and telecom operators, government, public associations and universities.

Apr 24th, 2003

24 April 2003, Paris, Lightwave Europe--The Ipv6 Task Force France says it has met with "solid success" among participants representing industry, Internet and telecom operators, government, public associations and universities.

"All these constituencies are keenly aware of the stakes for their various activities in the evolution of IP technologies," the organisation stated.

Created in September 2002 at the initiative of 6WIND and supported by France's Ministry of Research and New Technologies, the IPv6 Task Force France is proactively involved in outreach initiatives to heighten awareness of opportunities linked to the development of IP networks towards the new version of the Internet Protocol, IPv6. The Task Force addresses all those interested in contributing to the deployment of IPv6 networks and applications.

One of the primary objectives of the Task Force is to facilitate links among the participants involved to foster experience sharing, and to coordinate development and joint construction of pre-commercial platforms in order to validate new network and service concepts. Another core objective is to promote IPv6 technologies and support the transition to IPv6.

Deployment of IPv6 represents tremendous stakes in terms of technology and economic performance, as well as for society in general. At the technical level, the next-generation Internet protocol will see the development of a new architecture and operational networks with expanded capacity to accommodate millions of users and an ever-growing number of communicating devices.

The task Forec states, "The economic stakes are equally important since this evolution of the Internet will have a positive impact on the development of countless segments of the economy, spanning both manufacturing and services. For society as a whole, new Internet capabilities and the myriad possible applications will have direct impact on our daily lives.

"IPv6 will create new wealth by ushering in new Internet applications in every imaginable area: transport, industry, education, entertainment, healthcare, security and much, much more."

French Research Minister Claudie Haigneré has recognized IPv6 as one of the key new technologies to be supported by active government initiatives. She confirmed her support for the Task Force earlier this year at an Internet symposium in Autrans: "I am delighted to announce that our ministry will support the functioning of the French IPv6 Task Force launched by 6WIND within the scope of the 2003 RENATER research budget".

Dany Vandromme, director of RENATER (the French national Telecommunication Network for Technology, Education and Research) said: "The RENATER 3 network will natively transport the IPv6 protocol, contributing to the deployment of the new Internet protocol in France. This is why RENATER is playing a central role as a member of the IPv6 Task Force France in developing IPv6 usage and solutions throughout the country."

About IPv6
IPv6 has been designed specifically for new devices and applications, making the Internet a communications network capable of interconnecting all types of terminals. This creates opportunities for operators and ISPs to develop innovative business models based on new services. This will also create huge potential for the entire electronics and software industry to develop forward-looking products, applications and systems."

Telecom operators are equally enthusiastic about the IPv6, says Tayeb Ben Meriem, who heads France Telecom R&D's IPv6 Skills Centre: "France Télécom was one of the very first operators in Europe to obtain, in July 2000, an IPv6 prefix to deliver addresses, thanks to its R&D center's involvement in IPv6 standardization works and the company's leading position in the Internet domain.

Following its participation to the deployment of experimental IPv6 networks and services (collaboration to national or European Commission-supported projects), France Télécom has naturally joined the IPv6 Task Force France at its creation. Already contributing to the European IPv6 Task Force works, France Télécom also brings its expertise and participation in the French Task Force's recommendations for the deployment of services and the generalization of usages on a national scale."

About the IPv6 Task Force France
The IPv6 Task Force France regroups by representatives of industry, services, government, universities and public associations. It holds half-day sessions every two months to prepare recommendations that are submitted to French ministries, trade associations concerned and the IPv6 Task Force Europe.

The work of the Task Force centers on seven fundamental areas: network infrastructure and services, corporate networks, IPv6 applications for the home, wireless IPv6 applications, public service applications, security and the impact on society.

A steering committee coordinates the work of the IPv6 Task Force France. This committee comprises representatives of AFNIC, France Telecom, 6WIND, Alcatel, ISOC, Renault, G6 and RENATER. The committee is chaired by Patrick Cocquet, chairman of 6WIND and vice-president de l'IPv6 Forum.

More information is available at www.fr.ipv6tf.org

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