O'Flaherty says that many of the Web sites participating in IPv6 Week plan to keep IPv6 services up and running after Feb. 12. Others are gearing up for the next IPv6-related challenge: World IPv6 Launch, which is scheduled for June 6. World IPv6 Launch is the agreed-upon deadline for many popular Web sites such as Facebook, Google and Yahoo to deploy IPv6 permanently.
"We hope to have more participation in our region in World IPv6 Launch," O'Flaherty says. "Last year, at World IPv6 Day, there were not many Latin American or Caribbean organizations participating...We will be trying to work with all of these participants to encourage them to finish their tests and start doing IPv6 services that are more official and standard."
Servin says the major carriers and ISPs in Latin America have upgraded their backbone networks to support IPv6 but haven't deployed the new protocol in their access networks. So while universities and business can purchase IPv6 transit in some Latin American cities, commercial IPv6 service isn't available yet for residential customers in the region.
"In our region, the issue is the access networks," Servin says. "We're trying to create awareness around that. The technical people are very aware of the problem, but we need the CTOs and CEOs who control the budgets and strategies in the ISPs to be aware that this upgrade to IPv6 is coming."
At least two U.S. carriers - Level 3 and Hurricane Electric - joined in on the IPv6 action in Brazil this week. Level 3, signed up for IPv6 Week as a supporting telco given that it provides commercial IPv6 services including dual-stack as well as IPv6 over MPLS. Hurricane Electric, meanwhile, used IPv6 Week as an excuse to launch a Portuguese language online certification program for IPv6 skills.
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