The Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative, the Internet Society of Puerto Rico and Cisco Systems
host workshop to prepare island’s broadband networks for the transition to IPv6.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 23, 2012 – Puerto Rico’s broadband providers met last Thursday at the Telegrafo facilities in Santurce for the IPv6 Workshop for Broadband Providers in order to begin preparations for Puerto Rico’s transition to IPv6 – the next generation Internet Protocol.
The activity was sponsored by the Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative and the Internet Society, and included a presentation by IPv6 expert Mr. Jose Rosa of Cisco Systems. The topics addressed included IPv6 provisioning, transition and migration issues faced by broadband service providers.
In attendance were Network Engineers and representatives from broadband providers including Liberty, AT&T, Claro, OSNet, Caribe.Net, Worldnet, Aeronet, AWV Communications, WIFI Caribbean, as well as representatives from the University of Puerto Rico, the Internet Society of Puerto Rico and INTECO.
“There is no doubt the importance of the Internet for Puerto Rico’s economic growth. Yet, less than 40% of our residents are broadband users. Puerto Rico’s broadband providers are preparing to be able to provide broadband to millions of new users, and with faster speeds and greater redundancy. Thanks to the Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative’s (PRBI) ARRA funding, we are already seeing increased network investment by broadband providers,” said Carlo Marazzi, President of Critical Hub Networks. “The PRBI will continue to work with the broadband provider community to ensure that IPv6 is adopted so we can serve the next wave of Puerto Rico’s broadband users.”
IPv6 is the sixth revision to the Internet Protocol, and the successor to the currently-used IPv4. Due to the growth of the Internet in the past decade, IPv6 adoption is essential to facilitate the continued growth of the Internet and provide the necessary IP addresses for new Internet users and devices. The major difference between IPv4 and IPv4 is the number of IP addresses. There are just over 4 billion IPv4 addresses (232), while there are 2128 IPv6 addresses, or in other words, IPv6 can support 340,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 devices.
“There are now 2 billion people who connect to the Internet. We’ve got 6 billion people in the world who want to connect themselves and their devices. That is simply not possible with IPv4. It’s just not doable.”, stated Olaf Kolkman, Internet Architecture Board (IAB) Chair on February 3, 2011 when the final IPv4 addresses were distributed to the Internet registries, including the American Registry for Internet Numbers.
“IPv6 is coming, and Puerto Rico is not ready.”, commented Karen Larson, Vice President of Critical Hub Networks. “The Internet Society of Puerto Rico and the PRBI are going to continue our efforts in 2012 with the goal of having the majority of Puerto Rico’s broadband providers participate in World IPv6 Day in 2013.”
In April 2010, Critical Hub was awarded $25.7 million in ARRA funds through the NTIA for the creation of the Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative (PRBI), a project designed to bring fast, affordable broadband service to all of Puerto Rico. Since its funding, the PRBI has established an ultra high speed backbone connection for broadband providers from Puerto Rico to Miami. The next phase of the project will include a terrestrial wireless network to facilitate broadband speeds in areas which are particularly underserved, including Maricao, Vieques and Culebra.
ISOCPR is the Puerto Rico Chapter of the Internet Society. Created in the United States in 1992, the Internet Society is a non-profit entity dedicated to safeguarding the best interests of the Internet as well as stimulate its use throughout the globe. For more information, visit www.isocpr.org .