SINGAPORE - Singapore has been granted the prestigious Jim Bound Award for achieving high IPv6 penetration rates, coming in top rank in the Asia Pacific region and being amongst the top ten globally. The award was given by the International IPv6 Forum jointly to the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the IPv6 Forum (Singapore Chapter).
This award showcases how Singapore is well emplaced to ensure continued resilience and preparation for a digital future as the supply of IPv4 addresses nears its end. The ICANN organisation re-iterated recently that the global supply of IPv4 addresses have reached “critical levels” and urged network operators around the world to adopt IPv6. Singapore itself has observed high levels of IPv6 user penetration rates as measured by APNIC, in part driven by the widespread actions of the IPv6 Singapore Chapter and the IDA.
IPv6 is a key technology component in ensuring Singapore’s drive to become a Smart Nation is unhindered by supply concerns related to the use of IP addresses. With more devices connecting to the Internet, such as via the Internet of Things in wearable sensors or smart watches, IPv6 ensures that this resource will not run out. As compared to IPv4 address space with only 3.7 billion theoretical unique addresses, IPv6 address space can support 340 undecillion (i.e. 340 trillion trillion trillion) addresses.
As the national planner for ICT development, IDA has led a national effort by spearheading the IPv6 Transition Programme to address the issue of IPv4 exhaustion and to facilitate the smooth transition of the Singapore Infocomm ecosystem to IPv6. This is critical to ensuring that backend supply concerns are taken care of for the public and industry in the nation’s drive to become a Smart Nation.
IDA’s Executive Deputy Chairman Steve Leonard noted that the transition to the IPv6 standard is necessary as Singapore progresses to be the world’s first Smart Nation. He noted, “The transition to the IPv6 standard holds the future of the Internet’s infrastructure—a necessity given the rise of Internet-enabled devices. IDA has been building IPv6 talent and encouraging businesses to plan for the deployment of IPv6 connectivity. He added, “It is encouraging to be the first in Asia to receive the award, and with the aid of industry and key stakeholders, we will continue to establish Singapore as the world’s first Smart Nation.”
Chairman of the IPv6 Forum (Singapore Chapter), Mr Victor Tang, was proud to receive this award from Dr Latif Ladid, the President of the International IPv6 Forum. “This achievement has proved that Singapore is proactively engaging with the IPv6 technology and we are staying ahead of the technology innovation for the Singapore Infocomm ecosystem,” said Victor.
Dr Latif Ladid, President of the International IPv6 Forum, praised Singapore for its speed in implementation. “Singapore, under the exemplary leadership of Victor Tang with the strategic support from IDA has jumped to the number one spot in 2014 in such a short time, demonstrating that IPv6 deployment is achievable if you get the major stakeholders to move together in this gigantic worldwide effort. Singapore has broken the ice for Asia and got the race for a leadership position as the new milestone for other countries to achieve. Singapore became the model country to emulate in Asia especially in capacity building and IPv6 skills acquisition, co-driven by IPv6 Forum/Progreso and IDA with the highest rate of IPv6 educated engineers in the world. This was in itself a strategic tipping point for a re-fresh deployment effort after years of stagnation. The Jim Bound Award will be the piece of recognition to get in this new v6 inflection point.”
About IPv6 Forum (Singapore Chapter)
IPv6 Forum is a global recognised consortium of worldwide leading Internet vendors, industry subject matter experts, network researchers & professionals who work together in creating a quality and secure new Generation Internet and allowing world-wide equitable access to knowledge and technology, embracing a moral responsibility to the world.
Aligned with IPv6 Forum, Singapore Chapter has with a clear mission to advocate and create awareness of IPv6 technology to the Singapore organizations and government related agencies. For more information, visit www.ipv6forum.sg.
Mr Victor Tang
Victor Tang is one of the pioneer evangelists in IPv6 technology who started up the IPv6 training center in Singapore, focusing on the IPv6 Forum Education Programme since 2011. Progreso Training is the first IPv6 Forum Authorised Training Centre and was awarded by IDA in August 2011 to develop IPv6 Competency and Certification Programme for ICT Professionals and students in Institutes of Higher Learning. In December 2012, Progreso Training was invited by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) to integrate the IPv6 training programme into its National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) and also officially appointed as the NICF Programme Partner for IPv6 Training.
About the Jim Bound Award
Jim Bound was a key person in the development team of IPv6 technology. He was the Chief Technology Officer of the International IPv6 Forum and a member of the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) IP Next Generation Directorate. In 2009, the Internet pioneer died at the age of 58. The award was named after him in memory of his efforts in IPv6 development and as one of the best IPv6 designers and engineers in the team.
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