Canada’s biggest Web site operators apparently feel there’s no rush to join the crowd touting their ability to support the IPv6 protocol.
World IPv6 Launch Day is Wednesday, the day arbitrarily set by the Internet Society for Internet service providers, content providers and network equipment manufactures to show they are prepared on a full time basis to handle Web addresses that use IPv6,
However, as of Tuesday night only Telus Communications Co. of the country’s big three Internet providers had listed its readiness on the society’s launch page.
Calls to BCE Inc.’s Bell Canada and Rogers Communications Inc.asking for a statement on their readiness weren’t returned by press time.
Nor did a number of the country’s major ISPs return calls.
A total of 43 Canadian Web site operators are listed with Telus, including Canarie, the national high speed research network; and BCnet, the British Columbia research and education network.
Of the country’s network operators, only FranTech Solutions, a Victoria, B.C. hosted services provider, is listed.
Operators may be ready but haven’t listed with the Internet Society.
By comparison, some of the leading service and content providers have been touting their readiness, including AT&T; cable operators Time Warner Cable and Comcast; Verizon Wireless, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft Bing, andMozilla,
Note that readiness only means a service provider can say at least one per cent of its subscribers can handle IPv6 traffic.
Network equipment makers whose equipment is largely IPv6 compliant include Cisco Systems Inc. and Juniper Networks.
For years the Internet has been relying on devices and Web sites using addresses with the IPv4 protocol. The addresses are given out by a number of authorized domain registries around the world. However, IPv4 addresses have been running out as an increasing number of devices ranging from smart phones, electric meters and printers connect to the Internet.
IPv6 has more address space to accommodate millions of more devices. However, networks have to be ready to handle the protocol.
The Internet won’t collapse Wednesday if a manufacturer or Web site isn’t ready. In North America a number of organizations have stockpiled IPv4 addresses just in case. However, as time goes on increasingly organizations will have to have their networks able to deal with both versions of the protocol.
Every Canadian service provider is working on a solution, even though they may not have announced readiness.
Some, like Internet providers who buy connectivity from a big carrier, have their internal networks ready but cannot vouch for the state of home modems used by subscribers. Those modems may or may not be eligible for software upgrades.