INTERNET service providers in PNG are set to expand and upgrade their facilities to compatible international levels to cater for increasing user demands. Most have now been tutored and trained successfully to upgrade the current internet protocol version 4 (IPv4) platform to IPv6 which is the most upmarket technology. A three day workshop facilitated by the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) and supported by the National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA) which just concluded, saw 40 participants from all service providers undergo training on facilities upgrading. They included Telikom, Digicel, Digitec, NICTA, Datec and individuals. The IPv6 technology is scaled onto a bigger network, unlike the IPv4 which had serious limitation issues.
APNIC training and technical assistance manager Nurul Islam Roman said internet was changing rapidly around the world, therefore service providers should be better equipped with knowledge and understanding on improving technologies to make it cost and traffic management effective. Mr Roman said daily increasing internet usage posed a big challenge in the industry on how it can provide a much bigger platform. He said APNIC was a solutions entity for such challenges because they had the internet architecture to provide the technology. “In our training, what we try to focus on is the technology training, so we try to focus on the right and appropriate technology suitable for different countries, and we also open up different best practices done by different successful countries and we also expect the participants to select the right technology that is suitable for their country. “Also through the workshop we try to involve the people and engage them in solving the problem by themselves.
This is how they will have a better understanding on how they can operate effectively, and I think those are the main benefits the people of PNG can get after the workshop,” he said. He said the two main key areas of infrastructure in terms of ICT development – IPv4 and IPv6 – were introduced to participants. He added there would now be a technological migration from the IPv4 to IPv6. “So this workshop is to specifically train our participants on the IPv6 technology and of course at the same time there’s a deadline for people to migrate, and so we are hoping that after our participants go through the workshop, those service providers who have not upgraded their network to IPv6 should be able to do that. “And this provides for much bigger capacity in terms of the internet usage,” he said. He said IPv6 is the future internet protocol that will give the standard procedure, especially for smart internet usage.