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INTERNET PROTOCOL VERSION 6 (IPv6)


Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) is a network layer protocol which allows communication and data transfers to take place over the network. The purpose IPv6 Ready Logo Program is a conformance and interoperability testing program intended to increase user confidence by demonstrating that IPv6 is available now and is ready to be used. The IPv6 Ready Logo mission is to define the test specifications for IPv6 conformance and interoperability testing, to provide access to self-test tools and to deliver the IPv6 Ready Logo.

IInternet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is a next-generation communications protocol designed to be used on the public Internet and private service provider infrastructure to support the move and development towards a converged system of voice, video, and data communications i.e. Next Generation Network (NGN). The current version used is the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). IPv4 is a robust and scalable protocol, but it is not immune to the retrospective poor design and planning considerations when viewed from a current socio-economic environment demand perspective. The design of IPv4 is over 25 years old with little or no changes to the protocol and its communications method has little or no foresight as to the potential growth of the Internet. The transformation of the Internet in the 1990s, from a closed research network to an open commercial network that is perceived to be incapable of supporting the exponential growth and demands experienced, has pushed the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to design a new version of Internet Protocol (IP). The IETF is responsible for producing technical and engineering documents that influence the design, use, and management of the Internet. These documents include protocol standards, best current practices, and related informational documents of various kinds.