The U.S. federal government is requiring its agencies to become IPv6-capable by June 2008 and there is an anticipated demand crunch coming for more Internet addresses, which are expected to be in short enough supply to hinder use of the IPv6 network, Verizon observed.
Noting that it began deploying IPv6 on the Public IP network in 2004, Verizon Business said it will complete deployment of the network in North America in 2008 and move into the Asia-Pacific and European regions in late 2008 to 2009.
The deployment will feature a "dual stack" arrangement in Verizon's multi protocol label switching (MPLS) network core.
"While IPv6 has been a hot topic among service providers, government agencies and enterprise business customers, many entities are just beginning to research the information needed for their migration strategy," said Mike Marcellin, vice president of product marketing for Verizon Business, in a statement.
In addition to the demand push for new IP addresses, IPv6 deployment is expected to spur the growth of "smart" devices like refrigerators, washing machines, enabling them to connect to the Internet.
The 30-year-old IPv4 was designed to accommodate about 4 billion Web addresses. However, as more and more devices started connecting to the Internet (cell phones, PDAs, RFID) the need to expand addressing became increasingly apparent. Consultants at Frost & Sullivan estimate the Web will be out of IPv4 addresses by 2012.