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Billion UK Claims to be the First IPv6 Ready Broadband ISP Router Manufacturer

Posted: 07th Jun, 2011 By: MarkJ
billion uk routersBillion, a Taiwan based manufacturer of networking equipment and power supply products, has today heralded itself for being one of the first broadband ISP router manufacturers to be ready and compliant with the new IP (Internet Protocol) address standard - IPv6 .

An IP address is assigned to your computer each time you go online (the internet equivalent of a phone number), which allows you to connect with other systems and services. Sadly the current range of IPv4 (e.g. 84.76.41.2) addresses are running out and so IPv6 (e.g. 2002:0:0:0:0:0:5517:38c6) was created, though many in the industry have been slow to adapt.

Billion's announcement has been timed to coincide with World IPv6-Day on 8th June 2011, which is when many of the world's major content providers (e.g. Google, Facebook etc.) will offer their services over IPv6 for a 24-hour "test flight".

Edward Kung, MD of Billion UK, said:

"It’s not just about a 24-hour test-flight of IPv6, Billion has the hardware available for customers and also leading ISPs have the broadband network available - so it’s live and ready-to-run now. We will all have to start using it in the near future, that is clear - other countries are already using IPv6 as standard so we need to be ready."

The firm also notes that its "award-winning" BiPAC 7800N router (includes a gigabit switch and full wireless-N Wi-Fi features) can now be upgraded with a simple firmware update to support IPv6. The router has been tested and is already working with the following IPv6 compliant UK ISPs: AAISP, IDNet and Entanet .

Jon Farmer, Voice Technical Lead at Entanet, added:

"As a very early adopter of IPv6, Entanet has encouraged manufacturers to accelerate their plans to make hardware IPv6 compatible. Until they do, consumers and businesses are unable to capitalise on the value of IPv6 and risk facing accessibility problems. Billion’s latest announcement that its BiPAC 7800N router is IPv6-ready is just what those customers need to hear."

Billion warns that the rise in the number of mobile devices, laptops and connected machines has helped exhaust IPv4 stock, which it claims could be all used up as early as August 2011. ISPs that are not prepared could, further down the line, face difficulty with adding new customers and existing end-users might even suffer from internet connectivity and performance problems.
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