Sprint IPv6 in 2nd Quarter 2008

Sprint IPv6 in 2nd Quarter 2008
Sprint IPv6 should be complete in 2nd Quarter 2008. As Sprint has officially announced that it is ready to switch to the next generation Internet Protocol, IP Version 6 (IPv6) from IPv4.

The next generation IPv6 solution will increase the number of addresses and is also expected to make significant improvements in areas such as routing and auto configuration resulting in better functionality and enhanced security.

This IPv6 is expected to greatly expand IP addressing and accommodate the rapidly growing demand for devices and applications with Internet access over the next few years.

IPv6 is the next generation protocol designed to replace the existing version, IPv4, which is the dominant packet transport protocol that is now over two decades old. With a sharp growth in the demand and usage of the Internet, IPv4 is facing problems with limited IP space address.

Sprint offers a variety of IP-based services and will continue to expand them in parallel with IPv6 evolution. These services will include Dedicated IP, MPLS VPN, Managed Network Services, and Consulting services. Federal agencies are expected to be the first to benefit from IPv6, as support for IPv6 is a requirement per the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The primary IPv6 vehicle for Sprint federal customers is the Networx Enterprise contract. Sprint will add IPv6 services to the Federal Networx Enterprise contract as they become available for IPv6 planning and transition support.

Whether or not the government agencies will actually be running IPv6 by June of 2008 is an issue that is still not yet clear. All told, it could amount to billions of dollars of revenue for vendors in 2008 and beyond. Sprint IPv6 should be complete in the 2nd Quarter of 2008.

To learn more about Sprint's IPv6 strategy, visit www.sprint.com/networxcontract to read a white paper titled, 'Sprint IPv6 Services.'
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