SOURCE: 3G Americas

March 05, 2008 14:05 ET

3G Americas Provides IPv6 Transition Recommendations for the Americas

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2008) - 3G Americas, a wireless industry trade organization supporting the wireless ecosystem of networks, devices, and applications enabled by the GSM family of technologies including LTE, today published a white paper entitled "Transitioning to IPv6." The white paper is intended to assist wireless service providers plan a smooth and successful IPv6 transitioning process.

As UMTS/HSPA and IMS networks are deployed and usage of the mobile Internet continues to rise, the wireless industry will continue to experience explosive growth. New always-on services will likewise require devices to be always available; thus, wireless service providers will require a substantial number of IP addresses to support such services. Current IPv4 addresses are being depleted at a very rapid rate, and are expected, by some analyst predictions, to exhaust as soon as 2012.

The white paper by 3G Americas addresses the problems that will occur when new IPv4 address blocks are no longer available. Service providers will face increasing capital expenses and numerous challenges when attempting to operate their networks efficiently on a limited number of IPv4 addresses. Not only does transitioning to IPv6 solve the address exhaustion problem, it will likely enable new services perhaps impossible in an IPv4-only world. The 3G Americas' white paper strongly recommends that rather than wait for the inevitable difficulties to arise, service providers should begin planning their transition to IPv6 as soon as possible.

Because of the complexity of transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6, the white paper provides suggested guidelines for implementation, including: developing a transitioning plan, using a phased approach, developing an IPv4-IPv6 interworking solution, and security considerations. The paper analyzes the impacts a wireless service provider faces when introducing IPv6, investigating three particular use cases in detail: (a) Video Share service, (b) gaming services, and (c) Blackberry service.

Chris Pearson, President of 3G Americas, stated: "The need to transition to IPv6 is upon us. The Internet continues to expand at a rapid pace, with wireless devices becoming major users of IP addresses. Transitioning to IPv6 will take significant effort, but it can no longer be delayed. 3G Americas is calling attention to this issue in order to encourage operators to begin planning for this important transition."

For free download of the 3G Americas white paper "Transitioning to IPv6," http://3gamericas.com/pdfs/2008_Ipv6_transition_3GA_Mar2008.pdf, visit the 3G Americas website.

About 3G Americas, LLC

3G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization's mission is to promote and facilitate the seamless deployment throughout the Americas of the GSM family of technologies, including LTE. They have contributed to the successful commercial rollout of GSM across the Americas and its place as the number one technology in the region, as well as the global adoption of EDGE. The organization aims to develop the expansive wireless ecosystem of networks, devices, and applications enabled by GSM and its evolution to LTE. 3G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, WA with an office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Dallas, Texas. More information is available at www.3gamericas.org.

3G Americas' Board of Governor members include Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Ericsson, Gemalto, HP, Motorola, Nortel Networks, Nokia, Openwave, Research in Motion (RIM), Rogers, T-Mobile USA, Telcel, Telefónica, and Texas Instruments.

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