Hong Kong users will be able to connect to the IPv6 Internet through their existing IPv4 network connection leveraging a newly released IPv6 tunneling service.
Announced by the goIPv6 Consortium, this free service allows users to experience the future of the Internet in an IPv6 environment.
This offering will help the local website owners and users to learn about IPv6 deployment in addition to increasing the demand of commercial IPv6 services in Hong Kong.
Increase in demand of the Internet has led to depletion of IPv4 addresses and this makes adoption of IPv6 more relevant.
"The goIPv6 service launched today is an important step to get the industry better prepared for the business opportunities brought about by IPv6," said Victor Lam, JP, deputy government chief information officer.
Users can visit www.goIPv6.hk, register to get an IPv6 address for their devices or websites over the IPv4 network. This simple process will give them access to both the IPv4 and IPv6 Internet.
Increase competitiveness of Hong Kong
Increasing IPv6 adoption will help Hong Kong regain its competitiveness in the region and this should cheer the government as the city's overall ranking dropped from the most competitive economy to third this year, according to the new report by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD).
IPv6 adoption will lead to more application development resulting in further promotion of the IT industry.
"While the local Internet infrastructure already supported IPv6, the launch of goIPv6 service by the industry partners will allow local people to experience the next generation of Internet," said Prof. Joseph Ng, vice chairman, Internet Society Hong Kong. "This not only represents a new milestone but further encourages the industry to launch IPv6 products and services, eventually paving the way for the future development of Hong Kong."
Members of the "goIPv6" Consortium include HKIRC, Internet Society Hong Kong (ISOC HK), New Sky Internet Ltd, NTT Communications and TraxComm, Juniper Networks and Cyberport. This Consortium provides free tunneling service to boost IPv6 adoption and encourage the IT industry to create more products and services.
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