What is IPv6?
IPv6 is “simply” a much expanded version of IPv4 and has an incredible number of IP addresses: as many as 2128, or 340,282,366,920,938,463,374,607,431,768,211,456, billions of billions of billions! An estimated 655,570,793,348,866,943,898,599 IP addresses are available for every square meter of the earth’s surface. An almost impossible number to even read.
Here is an example of the two different addresses:
This would thus allow end-to-end communication to all devices, making the use of private IPs unnecessary, and also enabling companies to handle two-way communications without having to set specific rules in the router. But that’s not all: IPv6 will be able to support the continued advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the deployment of artificial intelligence to public or common-use devices as well, so as to promote the digitization of services and increase their autonomy and efficiency.
Will we notice the difference?
No change in the connection will be perceived by the user, since the changes will be “internal” to the machine. IPv4 and IPv6 are currently coexisting, and most people who have an IPv6 address still own their IPv4 address-and will for a long time.
Effective implementation of IPv6 and Goline
IPv6 was officially ratified as an Internet Protocol Standard in 2017, and providers are gradually beginning to implement it. At the moment, there is no immediate need to replace IPv4 in its entirety, both because the solutions mentioned above are still doing their job and because an instantaneous protocol change would be impossible. In fact, most experts estimate that it will take tens of years before we have a total protocol conversion in all environments.
We at Goline started the conversion to IPv6 as early as 2013, and soon our customers will also be able to take advantage of the new IP addresses.
The Swiss IPv6 Council supports and promotes the use and integration of the new Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) in all networks, public and private, consolidating single-source knowledge, support and various activities.
The provision of suitable communication platforms, the active exchange of information at national and international level and the various activities and events assist companies, IT officers and public administrations in planning and implementing IPv6 projects in an optimal manner.
The Swiss IPv6 Council closely cooperates with Swiss industry, educational institutions and research establishments enabling open and equal access to technology and knowledge through the networking of resources.