AITI has issued a direction for the adoption of Internet Protocol version 6
(IPv6) technology in Brunei Darussalam for all Internet Service Providers. This
direction is effective from 15 February 2018 and ensure:-
- ISP’s network infrastructure has capabilities to support both IPv4 and
- ISP’s Internet-related applications providing services to customers are
capable of supporting IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously;
- ISP’s customer premises equipment can support both IPv4 and IPv6.
AITI has provided an Advisory Guidelines for Adoption of IPv6 in Brunei
Darussalam on this link as a general reference
What is Internet Protocol
version 6 (IPv6)
Internet Protocol version 6 is the next-generation communications protocol
designed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The objective for IPv6
is to solve the issue of limited Internet Protocol Numbers caused by depletion
Since 2010, AITI conducted an assessment on Brunei Darussalam’s
IPv6 status quo and readiness. AITI has organised a series of activities to
gauge the response of the nation on IPv6 technologies.
Some of these
- An assessment paper;
- Setting up a committee comprising of AITI, Internet Service Providers and
other Government agencies;
- Conducting a seminar with external guest-speakers;
- Conducting a workshop with technical experts in IPv6; and
- Providing certified IPv6 training session with a local training company.
Benefits of Internet
Protocol version 6 (IPv6)
IPv6 has 2128 or 3.4 x 1038 addresses, basically more than enough to cater
the growing number of devices predicted to emerge in the future. IPv6 is
represented as eight groups of four hexadecimal digits, each group representing
16 bits. The groups are separated by colons (:).
An example is 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334.
benefits for utilising IPv6 are:
- More efficient routing
- Larger IP address space
- IP Multicast
- Better end-to-end connectivity
- Mobile IPv6
What is Internet Protocol
version 4 (IPv4)
Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) is the IP numbers we are currently using.
During the early stage of the Internet, IPv4 was primarily used by institutions
and organizations for experiments and projects. At that time, with a pool of 232
or approximately 3.7 billion addresses, IPv4 was thought to be enough for
As the Internet usage continues to expand rapidly through Wi-Fi
hotspots, affordable Internet access and mobile broadband subscriptions, the
percentage of population with Internet has increased from less than 1% in 1992
to 32.5% in 2011. As devices connecting to the Internet continue to rise, IPv4
address is predicted to cease by 2022.