Monday, April 5, 2010

Verizon Tests IPv6 on FiOS

Verizon has begun testing IPv6 for its FiOS services. The month-long trial involves FiOS-enabled customer homes with customized CPE - provided by Verizon - that can support both IPv6 and IPv4. The dual protocol setup will also be implemented on Verizon's edge gateway routers. Verizon employs 6PE technology, which uses IPv6-provider edge routers to connect across the company's IPv4 MPLS core. The IPv6 traffic is then sent over IPv6-capable peering connections.

Jean McManus, executive director - packet network technology for Verizon said a key advantage of IPv6 is that a customer's home router would no longer require network address translation (NAT), which makes it possible for a single public Internet address to be translated into many private IP addresses to accommodate multiple IP-enabled devices inside the home. IPv6 allows each device to have its own public address.

Verizon noted that it first deployed IPv6 in 1998 for its very high-performance backbone network service (vBNS) for government customers. The company continues to support IPv6 on its networks used by enterprise and government customers and will enable and deploy additional IPv6 equipment and services on its public and private IP global networks in 2010 and 2011.

Verizon is also implementing IPv6 in its evolved packet core that will be supporting its LTE network.