Alex Lightman, Publisher
In this month's newsletter, we are pleased to feature
Kenneth Miller, former senior writer at Life
and senior editor at People, who gives us
an interesting cultural and historic view of IPv6
and other major historical market shifts; Ting-Yun
Chi and Han-Chieh Chao, of the National Information
and Communication Initiative of Taiwan, who discuss
educational institutions in Taiwan moving to IPv6;
Brent Rowe, research economist at RTI International,
who shares his thoughts on the cost and benefits of
a full transition to IPv6; Scott Beall, systems analyst
at Innofone.com, Inc., who gives an overview of the
new IPv6-enabled cable standard, DOCSIS® 3.0;
and Alex Ramia, VP of New Product Development at Innofone.com,
Inc., who offers his follow-up piece about online
Remember to mark your calendars: on March 26-29,
2007 we have a dual conference – the
US IPv6 Summit, the largest IPv6 Conference
in North America, and the Coalition
Summit for IPv6, produced in cooperation
with NATO, both to be held in Reston, Virginia. You
will have the benefit of both events in the same venue,
and get the latest updates from executive-level military
and government leaders from NATO and other Allied
nations, as well as the most up-to-date government
and industry developments and opportunities from the
US. Included in the Early
Bird Special fee is a Technology Tutorial,
demonstrations of brand-new IPv6 commercial applications,
and special presentations on the procedures and specifications
being used to acquire IPv6-capable hardware by procurement
Publisher, 6Sense Newsletter
CEO, Innofone.com, Inc.
"The largest and fastest growing IPv6 pure-play"
IPv6 Should Be Invisible… To Most
Research Economist, RTI International
IPv6 is coming, but at this point the transition
is still moving rather slowly. Many potential users
don't have the motivation to move, since presently
there appear to be no easily-demonstrated quantifiable
benefits to do so, and many of the touted benefits
appear to be available without IPv6. Still, the efforts
of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Office
of Management and Budget (OMB) are certainly moving
things forward much more quickly than the demand from
corporate users. Even though the benefits are still
difficult to forecast for most users, the DoD has
a vision into which IPv6 fits firmly. And OMB's requirement
that all government agencies move to IPv6, while possibly
not resulting in benefits for government agencies
equal to those the DoD foresees in the short-term,
should result in benefits to all Internet users (public
and private) by accelerating its adoption.
A study that RTI International conducted to look
at the economic impact of IPv6 adoption concluded
that, although many users may never know that they
are using IPv6, the cost to the organizations for
which they work, to the ISPs that provide their Internet
connectivity, and to the vendors who supply their
Internet hardware and software, will be sizable. We
estimated that ISPs will have to spend $136 million,
hardware and software "infrastructure" vendors
$1.4 billion, applications vendors $593 million, and
users $23.3 billion, all spread out over approximately
DormV6 – A Pure IPv6 Testbed
Are we ready for pure IPv6? Should we encourage everyone
to transfer from IPv4 to IPv6? While we would like
to use IPv6 to help us solve network problems, will
it raise more questions at the same time? Once the
end users or the CEOs of corporations make up their
minds, can IPv6 really be ready for users' daily usages?
Internet users have always brought up these questions.
Most users may not believe that IPv6 is ready for
providing daily practical services. IPv6 has been
planned for more than a decade and lots of well-designed
specifications have been added to its protocol standard.
For example, ample address space, enhanced extension
services, security, and mobility are key factors to
bring back the Internet's point-to-point nature.
Currently, IPv6 has been successfully adapted to
cable TV service  and VoIP experiments .
Problems pertaining to transition from IPv4 to IPv6
have also been extensively studied by researchers
. However, little research has been done on what
exactly will happen regarding daily usage for general
Seeing Around The Curve
By Kenneth Miller
Former Senior Writer at Life and Senior Editor at
How does a technological revolution begin? Sometimes, the spark is lit
by a brand-new invention: the airplane, the telephone, the X-ray. In other
cases, the breakthrough comes with the reworking of an existing technology
— a change that makes an old invention radically more efficient,
more reliable, more useful and affordable.
Thomas Alva Edison didn't invent the light bulb, but he developed the
first mass-producible bulb that could burn steadily for long periods.
George Eastman didn't invent photography, but he devised the first cheap,
hand-held camera that could be operated by anyone who could push a button.
Bill Gates and Paul Allen didn't invent the personal computer, but they
created the operating system that made the PC accessible to the masses.
What all those revolutionaries had in common was not just technical brilliance,
but boldness of vision – and a cunning sense of the marketplace.
Long before their peers, each recognized that a new era was waiting to
emerge. And they owed much of their success to farsighted investors who
were equally eager to embrace their vision of the future. Consider this
— the Edison Electric Light Company was founded in 1878, two years
before the wizard of Menlo Park patented his incandescent bulb.
New CableLabs® DOCSIS®
3.0 Release Supports IPv6
William "Scott" Beall
The new DOCSIS® (Data Over Cable Service Interface
Specification) version 3.0 was released by Cable Television
Laboratories, Inc., Cablelabs® on Aug. 7, 2006.
What is DOCSIS?
DOCSIS is the most widely used and robust specification
that defines the requirements for data over cable
systems. It (or one of its variants) is used to permit
high-speed data transfer over existing hybrid fiber
and coaxial cable television systems, and to connect
data devices such as modems, set-top boxes and HDTV
decoders over such cable systems.
DOCSIS was created by the Cable Television Laboratories,
Inc. under the Cablelabs trademark and has been modified
for use in Asia and Europe. This consortium includes
some of the largest cable equipment manufacturers
and cable providers. Cablelabs also offers certification
to hardware manufactures to verify compliance with
the DOCSIS specifications.
Digital Fly Paper (Part II)
There is an old saying, "You can't tell where you're
going if don't know where you've been."
Last month I wrote about the birth of digital social networking and how
it has become part of our global culture. My article covered a short history
of where we came from in order to define the road we are now on. So to
recap last month and place readers on a firm footing for this month, let
We started with dialup modems and Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) based
on a timeshare system that supported a very limited amount of simultaneous
users with no realtime interaction. We evolved to the mainframe networks,
still driven by modems, that now had realtime interaction, but failed
to allow simultaneous users to connect. Then, after trying many mini-network
deployments, we finally transitioned to the Transport Control Protocol
(TCP) using Internet Protocol, also known as TCP/IP. This is the transport
of the worldwide Web (WWW) as we know it today.
v6 Transition Now Offers IPv6
IPv6 Summit, Inc., organizer of the US IPv6 Summits
for the last three years and publishers of 6Sense,
now offers a wide range of training, consulting and
implementation support services to make the transition
to IPv6 a reality for your organization. We have assembled
a team of IPv6 experts and partners into v6 Transition,
providing a complete set of solutions to your meet
your IPv6 transition planning and implementation requirements.