Telstra extends IPv6 connectivity to business customers

Media Release, 25 June 2013

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) connectivity is now available to even more Telstra business customers. IPv6 is the next generation of internet addresses, offering new, longer IP addresses to overcome the impending shortage of current IPv4 addresses globally.

Telstra’s business ADSL solutions are now capable of supporting IPv6. With this new capability in the core Telstra network, many of Telstra’s small to medium business customers will be able to opt-in to IPv6 connectivity.

Director Transport and Routing Engineering, Mr David Robertson said that the deployment of IPv6 for Telstra Business ADSL customers follows the availability of IPv6 in the Telstra Internet Direct network in 2011 and the Telstra Next IP® network in 2012.

“We have a long-term roadmap for deploying IPv6 capability into our networks, and are pleased that many of our business customers can use this new service to support the transition of their networks to IPv6. The deployment of IPv6 into Telstra’s network is an on-going program of work, and we’ll make this available for other services such as fixed consumer and our wireless networks over time,” Mr Robertson said.

“We have already made IPv6 capability available in the Telstra Internet Direct network which connects our enterprise, government and Wholesale customers. In 2012 we extended this to our IP VPN Next IP® network which serves our medium to large customers, and this is the next step to help our small to medium business customers commence migration to the new addressing protocol.

“As stocks of IPv4 addresses diminish globally, we need to continue moving to the new addressing system. By dual stacking IPv4 and IPv6 in our network, customers can opt into IPv6 in their own time, and according to the lifecycle upgrade of their own equipment. We’re developing the network capability so customers can commence the move to IPv6 as it suits them.”

Telstra continues to work with individual customers who have expressed an interest in moving to IPv6 to help them through that transition.

“In coming years we expect that IPv6 will become the norm and customers will need to opt-out if they wish to use IPv4. However as we start this transition, we’ll be working directly with customers to support them as they make this change,” Mr Robertson said.

Telstra is still one of the first Australasian network service providers to invest in scalable IPv6 capability across key Data and Next IP® Solutions for the business and enterprise market.