UNH-IOL Pushes IPv6 to the Consumer Edge

Lab Plays Key Role in World IPv6 Day Preparations and Deployments

Durham, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, today announced it is helping broadband providers and customer premises equipment (CPE) vendors to prepare for the delivery of reliable, uninterrupted Internet service to their customers using IPv6, and enabling end-user connectivity by verifying IPv6 readiness in home networking equipment. Last month, the lab hosted the UNH-IOL IPv6 CE Test Event for Consumer Edge (CE) vendors looking to validate IPv6 product support. As an extension of the CE Test Event, the UNH-IOL is preparing CE router vendors and operators for participation in World IPv6 Day by hosting interoperability testing in advance of the 24-hour IPv6 test flight.

June 8, 2011 is World IPv6 Day, an initiative organized by the Internet Society (ISOC). On June 8, Internet service providers, hardware manufacturers, operating system vendors and other web companies will enable IPv6 on their main servers for 24 hours. According to ISOC, the vast majority of users should be able to access services as usual, but in rare cases, misconfigured or misbehaving network equipment, particularly in home networks, may impair access to participating websites during the trial. End users can visit an IPv6 test website to check if their connectivity will be impacted; if their home router is the problem, the UNH-IOL has posted a list of compatible devices. The UNH-IOL's CE Router Tested List identifies vendors that tested their devices during the UNH-IOL IPv6 CE Test Event, as well as vendors that passed 100 percent of the IPv6 Ready Logo CPE Router Interoperability Test Scenario at the UNH-IOL. When making recommendations or purchasing decisions, operators and consumers alike may refer to the CE Router Tested List, which will be updated as vendors continue to test IPv6 CE devices at the UNH-IOL, to find out what routers will work in homes using IPv6.

In addition to participating in the initiatives of leading industry organizations such as ISOC, the UNH-IOL maintains ongoing relationships with industry forums to help make full IPv6 adoption a reality. Highly involved in the IPv6 Forum's IPv6 Ready Logo Program as the North American regional officer and a technical contributor, the UNH-IOL offers accredited testing for the IPv6 Ready Logo Program. The UNH-IOL is currently working in conjunction with the IPv6 Forum on the creation of the IPv6 CPE Logo Program, announced in May 2011. The program, designed to cost-effectively accelerate adoption of IPv6 in the broadband industry, will provide manufacturers and operators with a common set of testing requirements for deployment and indicate via the IPv6 CPE Logo which products have met the basic requirements of IPv6 functionality.

"2011 is the year that many operators and ISPs will move decisively toward offering IPv6 services," said Danny Dicks, analyst for Heavy Reading. "As more operators begin to offer their services over IPv6, the need for CE routers that are IPv6-capable is imperative to guarantee connectivity to the deployed services."

"Six months ago, CE routers were not compatible with IPv6, but since then the industry has made great progress," said Timothy Winters, senior manager for the UNH-IOL. "In a sense, with our extensive leadership in IPv6 testing, the UNH-IOL has been readying companies for World IPv6 Day for the past 15 years, and our recent effort to make CE router vendors ready for IPv6 deployment is just one example of how the lab is helping companies stay competitive."

As part of the lab's ongoing industry involvement, UNH-IOL executives frequently offer their perspectives based on first-hand experience working with IPv6 at various technology forums. Erica Johnson, director of the UNH-IOL, will moderate the panel, "The Consumer Broadband Transition to IPv6," at Light Reading's IPv6 2011: The Time is Now! Conference in New York, New York. The panel, which is taking place July 14, 2011 from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. EDT, will examine the steps that must be taken to protect consumer broadband service and enable all customers and all websites to remain connected after the transition to IPv6.

The UNH-IOL collaborative testing model distributes the cost of performing trusted, independent testing and validation through an annual membership. The fee for participation in the IPv6 Consortium is $25K. More information on becoming a member of the IPv6 Consortium at the UNH-IOL can be found at http://www.iol.unh.edu/services/testing/ipv6/.

About the UNH-IOL
Founded in 1988, the UNH-IOL provides independent, broad-based interoperability and standards conformance testing for data, telecommunications and storage networking products and technologies. Combining extensive staff experience, standards bodies participation and a 32,000+ square foot facility, the UNH-IOL helps companies efficiently and cost effectively deliver products to the market. For more information, visit http://www.iol.unh.edu/, or connect with the UNH-IOL on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UNHIOL, on Twitter at @UNH_IOL and on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/unh-interoperability-lab.



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