Internet Service Providers (ISPs) play a key role in the global adoption of IPv6. For End User organisations, the question of whether their ISP can provide IPv6 services is one of the most significant factors in deciding whether or not to commit resources to their own IPv6 deployment.
For an ISP, IPv6 deployment is even more important to projecting an image as a market leader than for other industries. As IPv6 deployment progresses, those ISPs who have not invested in adopting IPv6 in their networks may find attracting new customers difficult, and may begin to lose existing customers who wish to proceed with their own IPv6 deployment.
Many ISPs in the RIPE NCC service region are members of the RIPE NCC. As a member, your staff can attend the RIPE NCC’s IPv6 Training Course for no additional cost. This course provides information on how to obtain IPv6 addresses and how to prepare your deployment plan. The RIPE NCC website includes links to:
Beyond this, there are many IPv6 training course options available, from online education to face-to-face training. The IPv6 Act Now website features:
- Links to various online sources of information about IPv6
- A list of expert consultants specialising in IPv6 deployment
At the more technical end of the scale, there are several RFC documents maintained by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) that include case studies for IPv6 deployment under various business models:
- RFC 5375: IPv6 Unicast Address Asssignment Considerations
Aims to provide the information and recommendations relevant to planning the addressing aspects of IPv6 deployments. The document also provides IPv6 addressing case studies for both an enterprise and an ISP network.