IPv6 Transition

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The deployment of IPv6 – the next generation Internet protocol (IP) – is accelerating since the last public IPv4 address blocks were assigned to regional Internet addressing authorities in February 2011.

Now is the time for service providers to plan their move to IPv6. This migration is inevitable to secure long-term business continuity and sustain the growth of Internet applications, devices and subscribers.

Alcatel-Lucent has been preparing its products and services for this situation for several years. As an IP market leader with more than 450 customers, we are deeply involved with IPv6 standardization and deployments around the world. We can help reduce risk, cost and time to make the IPv6 transition smooth and successful.

Figure of IPv4 to IPv6 transition schedule shows need for IPv4 continuity

Figure: IPv6 transition process

Build a strategy for success

IPv6 is a key concern for every service provider, but may seem a daunting challenge. Avoiding migration is no longer a valid option as new subscribers and devices will need more IP addresses to connect to the Internet. Further, the Internet is based almost exclusively on IPv4, and IPv6 is not backwards compatible. That means service providers need a two-pronged strategy:

  • Tactical: Tackle the IPv4 address exhaustion problem
  • Strategic: Introduce and transition to IPv6

During the transition phase, service providers can deploy a variety of tunneling, transition, and translation technologies that allow them to extend their use of existing IPv4 addresses while they introduce IPv6 to their networks.

Long-term, service providers can upgrade their Alcatel-Lucent Service Routers to support dual stack routing, which is the ability to support both IPv4 and IPv6 routing and addressing in parallel.

The underlying mechanics of IP don’t matter to most subscribers. But they do matter to service providers, who must carefully plan and execute their IPv6 transition in a manner that ensures the user experience remains transparent and seamless.

Work with an experienced partner

Our experience provides a deep understanding of the technical and operational aspects involved in IPv6 transition. We are ready to help service providers make the move to IPv6 with minimal distractions to their core business and operations.

The Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router (7750 SR) has supported IPv6 since early 2007. Our extensive IP portfolio – including our new core router, the 7950 Extensible Routing System (7950 XRS) as well as the 7705 Service Aggregation Router – is fully IPv6 capable.

Alcatel-Lucent’s IPv6 transformation expertise helps operators build the optimal plan for transition to IPv6. We help operators address the near-term demands to serve content and users with both addresses, with longer term network evolution requirements that will efficiently handle the period during which v4 and v6 can co-exist. Alcatel-lucent brings a strong telecom and IP network knowledge base across different platforms and technologies , to plan, design and execute a smooth IPv6 migration strategy for each operator’s current architecture.

Our products and services reflect our commitment to the IPv6 evolution and an understanding that IPv4 and IPv6 will coexist for the foreseeable future.

IPv6 Factoids

Besides addressing the necessary IPv6 networking requirements in our routing platforms and management systems, Alcatel-Lucent University offers an extensive training program to enable operational staff to gain hands-on experience with our IPv6 capabilities, including LS NAT. Our comprehensive package of IPv6 transition services takes into consideration all aspects of the move, including IT infrastructure, customer premises equipment, and multi-vendor network equipment.

Learn about Alcatel-Lucent Training for IPv6 migration