IPv6 explained

Posted on Aug 11 2014 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | Comments Off on IPv6 explained
Categories : IPv6, Reselling

OK, OK so you already know that IPv4 addresses have pretty much ran out now and that as ISPs we all need to ensure that we can support IPv6 addresses – we’ve been harping on about that for years and covered it several times on this blog!

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Paul Heritage-Redpath, Product Manager

But do you really know what IPv6 is and how it works? Do you know what benefits IPv6 brings to your customer? Do you know what went wrong with IPv4? and more importantly…what happened to IPv5?

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The A-Z of industry issues (Part 1)

Posted on Jun 25 2014 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on The A-Z of industry issues (Part 1)

We cover a great deal of topical industry matters on this blog so as a quick overview and update, here is an (almost) complete A-Z to highlight some of the most controversial ones that we discuss regularly and that you might be interested in or at least should be aware of…

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

A – ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution)

Back in 2012 OFCOM announced its plans to change the current ADR system for ISPs to make it more consistent. With the current system, very similar complaints can be dealt with very differently leading to dissatisfaction for the ISPs and the complainants. Little news has followed this announcement as OFCOM continued to gather feedback on the proposals but in March 2014 ISPA echoed our original perspective and called for changes to the cost allocation of the disputes as ISPs are usually left to pay for the ADR charges even when they win their cases. This is one to keep an eye on and we will provide updates as further news is announced.

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World IPv6 Day – reason enough for an extra Bank Holiday?

Posted on Jun 01 2012 by Steve Lalonde | Comments Off on World IPv6 Day – reason enough for an extra Bank Holiday?
Categories : Business, IPv6, Wholesale

June 6th 2012 is World IPv6 Day – the day a number of high profile Internet related companies turn IPv6 on for good. Last year they did a test run and all went well, so this year it’s for real. Leading companies such as Facebook, Google, AT&T, Cisco and D-Link amongst others have been working towards this deadline to make sure their products, services and websites are fully compatible and able to support IPv6. Sounds like a good excuse for another celebratory Bank Holiday!

Steve Lalonde, Chief Technical Officer

Steve Lalonde, Chief Technical Officer

What about IPv4?

Just because a number of companies are switching to IPv6 permanently does not mean that IPv4 will cease to work or the Internet will crash, as a few scaremongering reports may have us believe. Everything will continue to work as it always has done. However, this is an important event for the future of Internet access. IPv4 addresses have almost completely run out now and a replacement in the form of IPv6 is required urgently. IPv6 addresses will provide significantly more potential addresses as they use 128 bit displayed in hexadecimal format and separated by colons e.g. 2ffe:1800:3525:3:200:f8ff:fe21:67cf, as opposed to IPv4 which uses 32 bit addresses. This means IPv6 has 2128 possible addresses compared to 232 that IPv4 was able to provide. However, the switchover to IPv6 will not be instant and, over the next few years, the Internet will use and support both IPv4 and IPv6.

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A year in review – What did you think of 2011?

Posted on Dec 20 2011 by Elsa Chen | Comments Off on A year in review – What did you think of 2011?

It’s been a busy year for the industry with a lot of controversial topics and industry debates. Through this opinion blog we have covered many of the key issues and received a number of interesting comments from our readers. Therefore, we thought it would be beneficial to provide a review of 2011 which includes a number of opinions and comments from our partners and readers.

Elsa Chen, General Manager

Elsa Chen, General Manager

1. The dreaded DEA
First on the list in our 2011 review has to be the DEA. It has continued to plague the Internet industry this year and this looks set to continue into 2012. Barely a week has gone by where the DEA has not made the industry news in one form or another but the major points to remember are as follows:

  • 25% of the costs of the three strikes rule to be covered by ISPs
  • The BT and TalkTalk judicial review which has now been granted grounds for appeal
  • The popular Hargreaves’ report which aimed to restore some of the balance with regards to copyright infringement
  • Ofcom and the Government’s u-turn on website blocking plans despite the court decision to force BT to block the Newzbin2 website.
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Poll: Which of the following issues will most greatly affect the Internet market in 2012?

Posted on Dec 05 2011 by Gemma Dickinson | 1 Comment

It’s been a busy year for the Internet industry with lots of controversial issues and news affecting ISPs, consumers and other industry bodies. We have covered many of these items on this opinion website. However, we would like to know your thoughts. Which of the issues raised in 2011 do you think will most greatly affect the Internet market in 2012? You can let us know your opinions on this by participating in our poll or by leaving us a comment below.

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It’s time to act on IPv6

Posted on Jun 08 2011 by Guest | Comments Off on It’s time to act on IPv6
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Categories : IPv6, Reselling

As we celebrate World IPv6 Day today, we asked Iain Shaw, Managing Director of leading UK buying group Brigantia, what he thinks about the industry’s reluctant uptake of IPv6 and how this is likely to affect service and hardware resellers.

The end is nigh!

The last remaining IPv4 addresses have now been allocated to the five RIRs (Regional Internet Registries) and the world approaches the complete depletion of IPv4 within the next few years (if we are lucky) yet there still appears to be no rush by ISPs and hardware manufacturers to promote and fully adopt IPv6, the replacement for IPv4. Whilst providers and manufacturers are quite right in their defences to state that this latest news does not mean the apocalyptic end of the Internet, as was occasionally reported by the press, it is fair to say that now is the time to act. After all we have known that this day was coming for several years yet only a few ISPs such as Entanet are currently able to support IPv6 and only a few hardware vendors are offering affordable IPv6 compatible hardware.

Raúl Echeberría, Chairman of the Number Resource Organization (NRO), said: “Each RIR will have its final full /8 from IANA, plus any existing IP address holdings to distribute. Depending on address space requests received, this could last each RIR anywhere from a few weeks to many months. It’s only a matter of time before the RIRs and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must start denying requests for IPv4 address space. Deploying IPv6 is now a requirement, not an option.”

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That was the year that was!

Posted on Dec 22 2010 by Elsa Chen | Comments Off on That was the year that was!

What an eventful year 2010 has proven to be! We saw a new coalition Government take power; we lost yet another World Cup; we saw a number of terrible natural disasters including the Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan floods; volcanic ash grounded our planes; students rioted over tuition fees; the iPhone 4 and iPad were launched; and the winter Olympics were held in Vancouver. But enough about all that – what happened in the Internet industry? Our recap of 2010 highlights some of the most topical issues that affected the industry this year.

Elsa Chen, General Manager

Elsa Chen, General Manager

The most controversial of them all
Let’s start with arguably the most controversial story of the year – the Digital Economy Bill. We started covering this highly controversial topic back in 2009 but during 2010 we saw this Bill become an Act (DEA) as it was hastily pushed through the pre-election wash-up, much to the dismay of its opponents, which include Entanet. However, there is some good news. A judicial review called for by BT and TalkTalk was granted in November and is expected to be held in April 2011.

Unsurprisingly, the DEA’s supporters are opposing the review and continue to insist that it is satisfactory. Just last week news broke that FAST (Federation Against Software Theft) has organised an event at the House of Commons on 12th January 2011 to ‘discuss’ the topics surrounding the DEA well before the full hearing is expected.

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Poll: Have you adopted IPv6 yet?

Posted on Dec 02 2010 by Claire Dutton-Merrills | 6 Comments
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Categories : Government, IPv6

In our latest IPv6 article, we discussed recent comments made by Vint Cerf, known to many as one of the ‘fathers of the Internet’, that the UK will run out of IPv4 addresses well before the end of 2011. We would like to know what you think about the UK’s apparent reluctance to adopt IPv6. Therefore, we have added a new poll to gain your feedback about IPv6 up-take. As well as taking part in our poll, you can also provide further feedback by emailing IPv6@enta.net, or alternatively leave a comment below.

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IPv6: Do or Die!

Posted on Nov 25 2010 by Steve Lalonde | 3 Comments

Vint Cerf, vice-president of Google who is known to many as one of the ‘fathers of the Internet’, declared at a 6UK launch event held in London recently that the UK will run out of IPv4 addresses well before the end of 2011. He said “There’s no question we’re going to be out of address space by springtime of 2011 [and], with more devices than ever set to join the Internet, such as mobile devices and the ‘Internet of things’, IPv6 will be critical to the future of the Internet.”

Steve Lalonde, Chief Technical Officer

Steve Lalonde, Chief Technical Officer

Internet Protocol version six (IPv6) is an Internet Protocol that was developed back in the 1990’s and is the next generation of Internet Protocol version four (IPv4). Whilst IPv4 uses a 32-bit system, IPv6 uses a 128-bit hexadecimal address that has the potential to make available 2128 individual addresses, which is roughly 340 trillion, trillion, trillion. It is thought that by the middle of next year, only 5% of unallocated IPv4 addresses will remain, at which point the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) will distribute the remaining addresses to the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).

Cerf continued by sharing his beliefs that the UK has run out of time to address the problem: “it continues to boggle my mind that the UK hasn’t taken this up as an issue. People will ask why their new smart devices don’t work. All the promise and potential of these devices will fail if the ISPs don’t grasp this.”

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IPv6: Ready or not?

Posted on Jul 21 2009 by Neil Watson | 4 Comments
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Categories : Featured, IPv6, Wholesale

Since 1984 IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4) addresses which consist of four groupings of numbers (e.g. 123.45.67.89) have been used to access the Internet. Twenty five years on and unsurprisingly the 4.3 billion addresses originally available are now running out with only an estimated 700,000 left. Previous estimates stated IPv4 addresses would be depleted by 2011 or 2012 but a more recent announcement from ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers) states this could be as soon as 2010.

Neil Watson, Technical Support Manager

Neil Watson, Technical Support Manager

The suggested replacement for IPv4 is IPv6 which provides infinitely more IP addresses due to their hexadecimal format, separated by colons e.g. 2ffe:1800:3525:3:200:f8ff:fe21:67cf. This is just as well, as the number of devices we use to access the Internet continues to increase.

Before we run out of IPv4 addresses completely (possibly as soon as next year), we really need to start implementing IPv6 ones. It’s just a matter of getting on and doing it!

It all sounds relatively straightforward, doesn’t it? Well you’d think so. The media and several leading Internet figures have expressed concerns that ISPs’ take up of IPv6 has been too slow and that unless adoption is accelerated we will have consumed all of the available IPv4 addresses before IPv6 is fully supported. In the worst case this would make it impossible for ISPs to accommodate any more subscribers. In reality IPv6 is already available and some ISPs are already utilising it, including Entanet. Whilst several of our competitors may not be implementing IPv6 just yet I find it hard to believe that any would be so negligent that they actually reach this crisis point without taking action. Nevertheless it is possible and if it does happen it will be you and your customers that will be affected.

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