PREGINET in Spreading the Word of IPv6
By: Katherine Babaran, August 26, 2011

In connection with its efforts to outspread the use of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) in the Philippines, the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network’s (PREGINET) conducted several trainings and conferences for IPv6 major stakeholders, who come from government, academe and private sector.

We are holding conferences and trainings for key stakeholders, particularly, numerous government network engineers that need exposure and knowledge to run IPv6,” said PREGINET Technical Head Bayani Benjamin R. Lara.

The PREGINET – Conducted Trainings and Conferences

To trot out the information on IPv6, PREGINET partnered with different organizations in steering trainings and forums.

On 27-28 June 2011, PREGINET conducted the IPv6 Training in the University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman which was co-organized by the UP Computer Center (UPCC). “We had a training last June which was attended by UP campuses, including UP Manila, Los Baños, Mindanao, Baguio and Open University,” said Prof. Raymond Nunez of the UPCC.

Aside from said training, the PREGINET Team also attended several conferences in which they served as resource speakers for IPv6. Among other conferences that the PREGINET Team attended, are: a) the 61st Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines Midyear Conference, which was held last 22-23 July 2011 at the Fontana Leisure Parks Convention Center in Pampanga; and b) the Philippine Association of Private Telecommunications Companies, Inc. IPv6 Forum, which was held last 19 July 2011 at the Casino Español in Cebu.

 IPv6-enabled Websites

Through the continuing effort of PREGINET, several organizations are already IPv6-enabled. These organizations include the Office of the President, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Court of Appeals, Department of Foreign Affairs, League of Provinces in the Philippines, League of Vice Governors of the Philippines, Philippine Science High School and UP, among others.

PREGINET is looking forward to expanding IPv6 adoption (i.e., use of Voice over IP, video conferencing, etc.), while aiming to increase its impact by providing solutions that allow more efficient online services, particularly, in the government operations.

The DOST-ASTI, through 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 Asia Pacific Network Information Center, the first IPv6 address block in the Philippines in 2003.