Nokia has established a company-wide program to promote the IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) standard for increased Internet address space for the Mobile Internet.
IPv6 provides vast Internet address space, making it possible to allocate an Internet address to practically every electronic device on earth, offering a clear advantage over the present IPv4 protocol. Furthermore, IPv6 technology brings the necessary security and quality which the existing Internet is lacking today.
Nokia sees the provision of increased address space offered by IPv6 as vital to building the Mobile Information Society, since every mobile device requires its own IP address to enable operators, service providers and end-users to reap the full benefits of new services and applications in the Mobile Information Society.
Specified by the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force), which is co-chaired by Nokia, the IPv6 protocol incorporates features like network security, mobility, and quality of service. As an active member of the global IPv6 Forum, a consortium of Internet industry players founded to promote IPv6 and ensure interoperability of IPv6 devices between operators and services, Nokia views IPv6 as a basis for scalable high-quality IP networking and hence is supporting the standard.
The current IPv4 technology, from which IPv6 has evolved, will not be able to support the billions of devices predicted to require IP addresses in the future, as it is already becoming exhausted and depends on address sharing.
"IPv6 plays an important role in the implementation of Nokia's Global IP Mobility strategy and is therefore pivotal to Nokia's vision of the Mobile Information Society, hence our decision to set up this company wide program," said Asko Rosonen, head of the Nokia IPv6 System and Marketing Program, "Contrary to the current IPv4 standard, the vast number of address available in IPv6 will enable every device to be addressed and connected to the Internet while the security and quality of services offered by IPv6 make it a fundamental building block of future IP mobility networks, dramatically reducing the complexity of the existing Internet."