The French Secretary of State for the Digital Economy decided to refer to France’s Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (ARCEP) on the delay by France in the transition to the IPv6 protocol (which enables the creation of a reserve of 340 billion of billion of billion of billion of unique IP addresses and therefore promotes the development of new uses). Ms Lemaire said the delay may be a potential brake on the digital sector, in particular with regard to the new challenges posed by the advent of connected objects.
ARCEP will call on the expertise of Afnic to help it identify the causes of the delay and develop an action plan to encourage and support the migration of users and businesses to IPv6.
Afnic is proud to have been invited to participate in this initiative, recalling its long-standing commitment to the promotion of IPv6, notably through the publication of the guide entitled “IPv6, a passport for the Future Internet“, and the creation of the IPv6 Expertise service, which assists professionals at every stage in the deployment of their projects.
The assignment with Arcep also includes the creation of an Observatory to monitor the transition to IPv6, as well as the implementation of a series of hearings and consultations with companies and stakeholders in digital technology concerned by the issue.
The findings of the study will be presented to the government on 1 May 2016 at the latest.