DOST-ASTI gets in on World IPv6 Launch
By: Katherine Babaran, June 8, 2012

In vieWorld IPv6 Launchw of its continuous efforts in promoting Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) organized the World IPv6 Launch: IPv6 Day Celebration on 06 June 2012.

The celebration aims to gather opinions of ISPs, experts, policy makers and other IPv6 enthusiasts, who are working mainly towards IPv6 migration and similar tasks. Further, it seeks to strengthen the network of the Philippine Open Internet Exchange.

A jump-off activity was likewise conducted by the DOST-ASTI, in collaboration with the DOST- Regional Office No. VII and the Central Visayas Information Sharing Network, titled IPv6 Unleashed: the 2nd Philippine IPv6 Conference and Training Workshop on 23-27 April 2012 in Cebu City.

Said event became a venue of sharing best practices in IPv6 transition, as well as knowledge management activity to capture issues and possible solutions towards IPv6 migration in the Philippines. Foreign speakers from Malaysia and Japan were invited to present their expertise and case studies. Ms. Anna Mulingbayan, Senior Internet Resource Analyst of the Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC), was likewise invited.

The DOST-ASTI, through the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET), initiated the use of IPv6 in the Philippines. PREGINET got its IPv6 assignment from the Asian Internet Interconnection Initiatives in 2000 and received from the APNIC, the first IPv6 address block in the Philippines in 2003. PREGINET is IPv6 enabled via dual stack.

The Agency aims to increase knowledge of Filipinos on IPv6 migration and management through conduct of events, trainings and partnership activities.