French IPv6 Worldwide Summit
- Post event editorial
By Tayeb Ben Meriem
President of French IPv6 Worldwide Summit Program Committee
The French IPv6 worldwide Summit,
organized by the
French IPv6 Task Force
in cooperation with the European
Telcommunications Standards Institute (ETSI),
was held on November 14-15 in Cannes and was an
enormous success. The summit attracted more
than 150 attendees of which European 70%,
Asian 20% and American 10%.
Three key events were organised:
2 days of conferences with noted global IPv6
specialists from varying market sectors and
An IPv6 tutorial that was both theoretical
and practical. This included the setting up
of approximately one hundred computers on a
The annual IPv6 worldwide interoperability
event (ETSI's Plugtests).
We enjoyed an update of the IPv6 strategies
of the most advanced regions (Europe, the
United States, and Asia). Noted,
prestigious representatives within the IPv6
world presented these. They also
participated in the Programme Committee and
opening sessions as "keynote speakers".
They set out a panoramic view of the
strategic positions of IPv6 worldwide, in
particular within Europe, the United States,
and Asia (China, Korea, Japan and India).
We are pleased to report that the result of
IPv6 policies and plans in the various
regions (Japan, China, Korea, India, Europe)
launched during the last five years remains
New plans are launched since 2005.
From the European Commission’s perspective,
after the "eEurope 2005" initiative,
Commissioner Viviane Reding launched, a new
initiative entitled "i-2010” in 2005. Ulf
Dahlsten, Director of the emergent
technologies and infrastructure, presented a
roadmap and precise orientation for the
deployment of IPv6 in Europe, during the
From India, Hemanth Dattatreya, Vice
President of the Indian IPv6 Forum,
announced for the first time, two major
decisions concerning the deployment of IPv6
The creation of an IPv6 Interoperability and
Testing Logo ready Centre in partnership
with Telecom Engineering Center, DIT/MCIT.
The setting up of the "India-6 Advanced
Internet (I6) consortium. This is aimed at
generalising the deployment of IPv6
(Networks and Services) in India.
As a Case study within the education sector perspective,
we shared the "Greece Schools" experience.
This is now a major European reference site,
where more than 3000 schools are connected
via IPv6 in Greece.
This network has now gained widespread
acceptance in various European countries.
We also presented the French Case Study of
Gonfreville, which is viewed under the
concept of "the electronic School" and the
"electronic Schoolbag". It consists of two
Elementary schools and one High School.
of IPv4 and IPv6 is assured, by the regional education network of
Normandy, branded "SYRHANO" which is a
pioneer in IPv6 in France within the
In this session, the African region was also
represented. The most advanced IPv6 African
country is South Africa. Dr Duncan
presented the TELNET's IPv6 network
(Education & research Network) as well as
his extension in the main border countries
of South Africa. This network is linked to
both the European (GEANT), and American
(ABILENE), Education and Research networks.
On a general note, there has been the
creation of the African regional Internet
register "AfriNic" in 2004. With a second
objective of disseminating IPv6, this is a
strong instrument aiming at integrating this
region into global IPv6 activities.
Moreover, we also wanted, in this session,
to focus on another governmental sector,
Defence, that constitutes
a tremendous IPv6 driver and trigger for
The high level of the speakers (Colonels) in
this session testifies to the commitment of
the various NATO Ministries of Defence in
IPv6. After the DoD's IPv6 Roadmap
"2003-2008", most of the Ministries of
Defence of the European countries adopted
the same strategy.
From operators & ISPs perspective, ATT,
Comcast, Teleglobe, CNGI, NTT, KT, CHT, BT,
FT set out their IPv6 strategies, roadmaps,
and development plans. This segment is
Regarding the applications, the Summit
highlighted that the Emergency & Crisis
management user case is now at the heart of
the strategies in Europe with u-2010
project, Metronetv6 in the US, Live E in
Japan and we hope such a wave will lead to a
the Management and security side, a lot of progress
needs to be done however; much work
is ongoing from commercial and operational
perspective in order to meet operators and
After the Summit, we arranged a programme of
visits to the Chinese delegation with the
European Commission, French competitiveness
clusters, academic institutions and
manufacturers, to initiate collaborations or
reinforce those that the Ministry of
Industry had already put in place regarding
Besides, we organised during the Summit a ceremony aiming for a
signature of a MoU on IPv6 between France
Indeed, the French Ministry of Industry set up a joint Workgroup
"France-India" on ICTs. This Workgroup is in
charge of declining concretely the framework
agreement of cooperation signed between the
French Ministry of Industry and his Indian
The 5th meeting of this Workgroup was held on September 19th and 20th
in the French Ministry of the Economy gave
place to a statement of decision a point of
action of which is the signature of a MoU on
IPv6 between French Task Force IPv6 and the
Indian Forum IPv6 during the Summit IPv6 of
The signatories of the MoU are: For India’s
side, the VP of IPv6 Forum India, Mr.
Hemanth Dattatreya and for France, Tayeb Ben
Meriem, the VP of
thee French IPv6 Task Force.
All the presentations of the Summit are in
the portal highlighting an interesting
research survey from industry, government
and operators perspective.