The IPv6 Council of Nigeria recently held a webinar where the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy for Nigeria stressed the need for migration from IPv4 to IPv6.
The Minister highlighted how the IPv4 was fast depleting in numbers while the Nigerian internet users were rising. Pantami emphasised that the migration would diversify Nigeria’s economy and prepare the country for digital economy transformation. IPv6 is an essential ingredient of the National’s Digital Economy Policy and the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP 2020 – 2025), said Pantami during the conference.
The CEO of MainOne Broadband Company, Ms Funke Opeke, who was also in attendance, added that Nigeria’s usage of the internet had been low even during IPv4 days. Opeke then called for growth and increased internet access as this is a critical foundation for the country’s broadband plan. “One of the key methods to achieve the broadband target is to leverage IPv6. It is impossible to connect Nigeria’s large population of over 206 million people without IPv6 adoption. With IPv6, we can connect people, networks, and devices,” said Opeke.
AFRINIC, the only regional body in Africa still allocating IPv4, recently indicated that it had less than 1.8 million IPv4 available, making the migration to IPv6 not an optional matter. According to reports, ATCON has played an active role by training network engineers in Nigeria to prepare them for the IPv4 to IPv6 migration. The training was done in conjunction with AFRINIC.