Belgacom switches to IPv6
New Internet protocol already deployed for 12,000 residential customers and SMEsStarting November Belgacom is deploying gradually the new Internet protocol IPv6 for all its residential customers and small enterprises with a B-box 3 Internet modem and an Internet Everywhere subscription or an Internet Office & Go (Comfort, Maxi or Intense) subscription. In recent weeks, IPv6 was deployed for 12,000 residential customers and small enterprises. As for large corporate customers, Belgacom has been using the new IP addresses since the beginning of 2013.What is IPv6? IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) is the new IP numbering standard, the successor of IPv4. An IP address is a unique number that each device has on the Internet. Due to the strong rise in the number of devices, the current supply of available IPv4 addresses will soon be exhausted. To meet this rising demand, Belgacom is deploying IPv6. The advantage of the new IPv6 standard is that it makes an almost unlimited number of IP addresses available.Dual stack: IPv6 in parallel with IPv4Belgacom is deploying IPv6 according to the “dual stack” mechanism, in which both addresses, IPv6 and IPv4, are used in parallel to ensure a gradual switch from one Internet protocol to the other. Customers who connect to the Internet via a B-box 3 modem receive both an IPv4 and an IPv6 address. The deployment will take place seamlessly, without the customer having to do anything, and nothing will change for the applications of professional users. With the deployment of IPv6, all home and office devices can receive an IP address – not just computers, laptops and tablets, but also televisions and refrigerators, for example. This opens up many possibilities to develop new services and solutions.
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