The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will take a decision on the route map for the proposed migration from IPv4 (Internet Protocol Version 4) to IPv6 within two to three months.
“Migration to IPv6 is inevitable but how to go for it and who should take the initiative are the questions which we are presently pondering over. A decision will be taken within two to three months,” TRAI Chairman Pradeep Baijal said.
On the contentions over the role of the regulator in the process of migration to IPv6, Baijal stated, “Some stakeholders think the regulator has no role to play in this process which I don’t subscribe to. Even in case of NIXI, TRAI took the initiative though it ultimately became an industry body”.
Most present day Internet users have an IPv4 address, and this version of IP is now over twenty years old. The need to shift to IPv6 is fuelled by a growing shortage of IPv4 addresses, which are needed by all new machines added to the Internet. Compared to the 4.4 billion addresses in IPv4, IPv6 has 3.4 × 1038 (340 undecillion) addresses, according to the Internet Society (ISOC) website.
On the long pending issue of mobile number portability, Baijal said, “In all the countries wherever number portability was implemented, it had taken a fairly long period of time. The discussions are on as how to start it, whether in a phase-wise manner or at one stretch across the whole country. Though we may be living in a particular circle, we don’t function only within a circle. It will take some time to evolve a consensus on how to go for it.”
He also informed that TRAI had given its recommendations in favour of the mobile number directory, and now the government had to take a final decision on the issue.