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UAE TRA to Host 4th IPv6 Roadshow for UAE Government Entities

10-Sep-2013 | Source : | Visits : 7148
ABU DHABI - The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced September 8 - 12th 2013 as the dates for the fourth IPv6 (internet protocol version 6) Roadshow for UAE Government entities. Hosted at the Authority’s Dubai office, the bespoke training program will be provided by RIPE NCC, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia, according to a press release by the Authority. 

“This month’s roadshow is fundamental in the TRA’s effort to facilitate the UAE’s migration in internet usage from IPv4 to IPv6. The timing of the training is significant primarily because of the impending shortage of IPv4 addresses. By being proactive and scheduling cutting edge training sessions, the UAE will have a wealth of government officials equipped with the necessary knowledge to support the healthy growth of the ICT sector. In turn, this will deliver an improved level of service for users in the UAE which is essentially our ultimate goal as the nation’s regulator,” said Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of the TRA.

“The representatives from the government entities scheduled to attend the roadshow can be assured that the training is designed with the highest international standards and best practice in mind. Training sessions of this nature and the enthusiasm of those involved, stand as testament to the nation’s forward thinking ICT vision,” he added.

 The TRA has scheduled September’s IPv6 Roadshow having previously hosted the last session in March 2013. Fifteen government entities have been invited to participate in the training program with thirty government officials scheduled to attend. The TRA has announced its plans to roll out a series of additional training courses in the coming months to ensure the nation’s networks are prepared ahead of time for the looming transition from IPv4 to IPv6.

 The current Internet Protocol (IPv4) address which is equivalent to telephone numbers is rapidly depleting. IPv6 is the replacement, a new version of the protocol that has a much larger pool of addresses hence, solving the looming capacity crisis presented by IPv4. The transition from IPv4 to IPv6 is a cause for global concern however, as the process is complex and technically intensive. Since the two systems are not compatible, in order to prevent the disruption of internet usage all parts of the Internet need to start to use IPv6 in parallel with IPv4 before the latter can be IPv4 withdrawn.

 The ultimate goal of the IPv6 training is to relay to participants the importance of adopting this latest internet protocol in their networks and to help build technical capacities to accommodate the various applications and services.  Enabling participants to gain practical expertise in handling IPv6, the TRA will also provide a virtual laboratory for the group allowing them to prepare networks and testing their settings as per the global scenarios. Covering IPv6 transition mechanisms, routing, addressing and security issues, the IPv6 training program will also include important modules on IPv6 monitoring, security, access, servers and applications.

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