M'sia public sector to be IPv6-ready by end-2013

Malaysian government agencies will be prepared for new Internet protocol by end of next year while private sector will be ready by 2015.

Malaysia's public sector is expected to be IPv6-ready by the end of 2013 while the private sector will be prepared by 2015, following preparations which started in 2004.

These timelines were shared by Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) industry regulation and supervision chief officer Datuk Jailani Johari at a press conference at IPv6 Security Seminar 2012, said a mysinchew.com report Wednesday.

The official noted that some organizations have been reluctant to move to IPv6 because of network security issues . Thus, MCMC set up an IPv6 Centre of Excellence led by the Malaysian Technical Standard Forum Berhad to provide awareness over IPv6.

According to a report published in October , Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) said the estimated IPv6 users in Hong Kong and South Korea were fewer than those in emerging markets such as Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. This was due to the faster growth of Internet users in the emerging markets, compared with mature markets such as Hong Kong and South Korea.

According to a recent study by APNIC, the estimated IPv6 users in Hong Kong and South Korea as a percentage of the overall Internet population are 0.02 percent and 0.01 percent, respectively.

The top 5 Asia Pacific markets in IPv6 adoption were Japan, which came in tops at 2.4 percent, followed by China at 0.67 percent. Australia had 0.42 percent, while Taiwan had 0.19 percent and Singapore 0.17 percent.

In other parts of Asia, India started issuing IPv6 addresses this week .


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