UAE is the first country in the region to transition to Internet Protocol version 6

Published: 18 September 2019 - 2:45 p.m.

The UAE ranked first in the Middle East region in the transition to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). This is according to statistics accumulated by Ripe NCC, Akamai Technology and Google.

Moving to IPv6 will have a significant positive on the implementation of 5G mobile technologies and digital transformation in the region. Moreover, this is especially because IPv4 lacks the ability to meet the growing demand in light of rapid growth in internet usage.

Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, the director general of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said "TRA's efforts to implement IPv6 are part of our strategy for the future, especially for the internet and its applications in the UAE. There is a growing reliance on the internet for communication not only between people, but between different devices to serve man."

Furthermore, he expressed his gratitude to both Etisalat and du as well as Ripe NCC's regional office in Dubai for their cooperation with the TRA and their work helping in the transition.

The Smart Government of the UAE is currently preparing plans and adopting future strategies necessary for the implementation of IPv6. Factors such as security standards, expansion and meeting the growing demand for communication in this era in particular must be accounted for.

In parallel, the TRA is working with Etisalat and du to formulate the best strategies and policies towards the transition, ensuring a better future for the internet sector of the UAE. The TRA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ripe NCC aiming to enhance mutual cooperation and exchange expertise between different sectors in the region, ultimately improving the efficiency of internet operations.

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