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RSPs not demanding IPv6 services on NBN

Stephanie McDonald | July 9, 2013
Australia has continued to lag on IPv6 uptake

"We're certainly happy to take references from other deployments and we talk to other carriers all the time, but I guess from our perspective there just hasn't been a strong demand because most customers at the moment [base] their strategies around using IPv6 for data services," he said.

So far Internode is the only RSP to offer IPv6 services on the NBN. The RSP runs dual stack services, offering both the newer and older standards, with IPv6 for new customers and the ability to opt-in for existing customers.

New business plans
NBN Co will be releasing new business plans at the end of this year for medium sized businesses.

The new business plans will provide symmetrical services and traffic classes to allow businesses to provision different applications.

NBN Co plans to release an enterprise Ethernet product in 2015.

It released its first business plan in September last year to allow businesses to run up to 50 voice services and a one-hour response time to incidents.

Sykes said small businesses are already signing up for the product. However, he conceded there are challenges associated with businesses transitioning to the NBN.

Sykes said businesses need to carefully examine their migration strategy and look at the types of applications they would use and how they could be best utilised on the NBN.

"The challenge is, now you've got this bandwidth available to you, how do you make the most use of that [and] how do you perhaps get a new video conferencing system that can make use some of these higher bandwidths?" Sykes said.

As the NBN rolls out into areas with more commercial precincts, demand for the medium business product will increase, according to Sykes.

He believes the biggest impact of the NBN for businesses will be the ubiquity it offers to connect offices in several different locations around the country on the same high-speed network.

For example, a company's head office typically has a fast broadband connection, but other branches might have slower connections.

"What that means then is that they can use the upload speed of the NBN in particular to start deploying applications in the cloud," Sykes said.

"Perhaps enabling applications like cloud storage can make use of the bandwidth. That's an ongoing evolution of business networking."

 

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