I was fortunate enough to participate in the IPv6 Dialogue session organized by Persatuan IPV6 Malaysia and Adasta Network Sdn Bhd with the theme- “Hastening the pace of embracing IPv6”. There were a lot of VIPs as well as industry players who had adopted this newer version of Internet Protocol participated in this dialogue.
The event was officiated by Dato Dr Mohd Ali bin Mohamad Nor, Secretary General of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia. In his speech, Dato Dr Mohd Ali congratulated Adasta Network Sdn Bhd for their recent feat in winning a Special Award from the Global IPV6 Forum and for their unstinting efforts in the implementation and progress of IPV6 Malaysia.
Panel of speakers from left: Prof. Dr. Sureswaran Ramadas – Emeritus Chair of Global IPv6 Forum Malaysia, Dr. Latif Ladid – Founder & President of Global IPv6 Forum, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Omar Amer Abuaddalla – Head of Training of IPv6 Forum and En. Kamal Hisham Kamaruddin – Head of Operation of Malaysia Research and Education Network (MYREN).
One of the raised topic, was the implementation by Malaysia telcos, where some of them were not implementing it the correct way, and still treating it like how IPv4 works. Some of the telcos, even only assign a /128 of IPv6 to a single account, which is only 1 IPv6 address, just sufficient for the router/modem itself only. By right they should assign a bigger range so that it is sufficient for all the devices connected to the router.
Dude, I can even get a range of /64 IPv4 for free! That is 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 IPv6 addresses, for free! Why can’t telcos just assign a block of /120 which is 256 IPv6 address to each of the ISP accounts?
Although it is viewed as not so safe to do a 6to4 tunnel, for obtain an IPv6 for my devices, but then again, this is currently the only way I am able to use IPv6 in my devices and computers. I did it by getting a range of /64 IPv6 from https://tunnelbroker.net and assign it to my router which I had flashed with OpenWRT firmware, then let the router did the job of assign IPv6 addresses(DHCPv6) to my devices. Modern routers by default already have IPv6 supports, therefore you may not need to flash your router like what I did.
Although there are not much websites support IPv6 yet, but some major portals like Google and Facebook already have IPv6 supported.
Google’s URL on IPv6 is https://ipv6.google.com
While Facebook IPv6 URL is https://www.v6.facebook.com
Other than just for reaching websites, IPv6 usage is just the same like IPv4. Example, you can even use it for SSH, FTP and any thing you could think of while using the Internet. The only thing difference are just IPv6 doesn’t require a gateway, and each of the IPv6 IP that assigned to the devices/hosts are directly facing the Internet, unlike IPv4, you need to route the NAT IP to the router, then only to the Internet.
You may see one of the example below, where I directly ssh into one of my server via IPv6.
Although IPv6 are still not fully ready in Malaysia yet, but if we start to implement properly in every telcos, we can make Malaysia IPv6 ready. When IPv4 are totally depleted, we are already fully ready to step into a new milestone of the Internet Protocol ahead of other countries.
Anyway, below is the current statistic of IPv4 exhaustion. ARIN IPs were all depleted and already have owners, although not all the IPs are in use yet.
By the way, just something to show off to you guys.