[Bp_ipv6] BPF IPv6 - 1st virtual meeting - Summary

Wim Degezelle wdegezelle at drmv.be
Wed Jul 6 09:37:14 EDT 2016

Dear All,

Please find below the meeting summary of the 1st BPF IPv6 call (23 June).

Kind regards


IGF 2016 – BPF IPv6

1st Virtual Meeting

June 23 – 4pm UTC





1.     The 2016 Best Practice Forum on IPv6 held its first open virtual (webex) meeting on 23 June at 4pm UTC. The BPF IPv6 Coordinators, Ms. Izumi Okutani and Mr. Sumon A. Sabir moderated the meeting. The aim of the meeting was to explore the topic and scope for the 2016 BPF on IPv6.


2.     The webex recording of the meeting can be accessed at:

https://intgovforum.webex.com/intgovforum/ldr.php?RCID=64e3cf4f4c1fab87b07e2b4c42a8083a <https://intgovforum.webex.com/intgovforum/ldr.php?RCID=64e3cf4f4c1fab87b07e2b4c42a8083a>

3.     The participants briefly introduced themselves.


4.     It was reminded that the BPF on IPv6 wants to contribute to the global deployment of IPv6. The BPF aims at collecting best practices to make them available as a useful source for all involved processes to promote, decide, plan and execute the IPv6 deployment. The BPF IPv6 does not intent to produce a prescriptive document on how to deploy IPv6.


5.     It was noted that the 2015 BPF ‘Creating an enabling environment for IPv6 adoption’:

            - Explained the reasons for deploying IPv6;

- Identified different practices and initiatives that contribute to creating an environment supportive of IPv6 adoption (for example IPv6 Task Forces, government procurement policies, etc.).


6.     The Coordinators introduced the proposed scope and focus for the 2016 BPF on IPv6: ‘Understanding the commercial and economic incentives beneath a successful IPv6 deployment’.

A draft scope was circulated on the mailing list and is added as an annex to this meeting summary. Marco Hogewoning was thanked for drafting the first version of the goals and scope document.


7.     There was general support for the scope as proposed. The 2016 BPF on IPv6 will focus on economic and business incentives for the deployment of IPv6. The BPF will produce a separate document that stands next to and builds upon last year’s outcome document.

In addition, the BPF would welcome new case studies on last year’s topics to keep the 2015 document alive. However, the BPF will not actively seek cases that fit within the scope of the 2015 BPF. Testimonials from stakeholders on how the BPF 2015 outcome was used and how it supported the deployment of IPv6 would be appreciated.


8.     The participants were invited to brainstorm on the content for the 2016 BPF. The following points were raised:

- The BPF risks to loose sight of the challenges for IPv6 deployment in less developed areas, for example on the African continent, when it only focuses on commercial incentives.

- An observation was made that having an explanation on commercial incentives could help to encourage IPv6 adoption in the Middle East as many have questions on how the deployment helps their businesses.

- Observations suggest that there is no link between a country’s GDP and the IPv6 adoption rate. It could be worth for the BPF to explore why.

- A study on IPv6 in Latin American was mentioned as a possible starting point for the BPF. The Study analyzes and compares the state of IPv6 adoption in several countries in the region (https://ripe72.ripe.net/presentations/179-IPv6-LACNIC_RIPE72.pdf <https://ripe72.ripe.net/presentations/179-IPv6-LACNIC_RIPE72.pdf>)

- The BPF should consider the economic and commercial costs of IPv6 deployment and pay attention to the role non-technical decision makers play.

- It was mentioned that if IPv6 leads to a quality improvement of a product or service, deploying IPv6 is an indirect business advantage.

- Governments don’t have a direct financial pressure to deploy IPv6 but they have an indirect responsibility. The BPF could look at how this responsibility translates into measures to support deployment and create incentives for others.

- In addition to business cases, there was an idea to collect information on regulations that accommodate economic incentives for IPv6 adoption.

- The BPF could address the question ‘What can be done to make IPv6 deployment more affordable for businesses?’

- For case studies, keeping good regional balance is an important consideration.


9.     A number question were raised for the BPF to consider:

- What areas to cover? (Focus on the Internet, or expand to other areas such as Mobile networks, IoT, etc.)

- How to define ‘economic incentives’?

- What entities to address and how to define ‘businesses’? (A question was raised whether to target only business decision makers in the IT industry or also outside the IT industry.)


10.  The work of the BPF IPv6 will be based on the discussions on the bp_ipv6 at intgovforum.org <mailto:bp_ipv6 at intgovforum.org> mailing list and brainstorming at the regular virtual meetings. All were encouraged to subscribe to the mailing list and to reach out within their networks to populate the list. The mailing list and virtual meetings are open. The mailing list details can be found on the IGF website:

http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_ipv6_intgovforum.org <http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_ipv6_intgovforum.org>

11.  Next steps:

- Further feedback on the scope and goals document can be posted on the mailing list.

- A doodle poll will be sent to list to schedule the next virtual meeting.



- summary by Wim Degezelle



List of Participants


1.     Einar Bohlin

2.     Constanze Bürger

3.     Susan Chalmers

4.     Olivier Crépin-Leblond

5.     Wafa Dahmani

6.     Wim Degezelle

7.     Marco Hogewoning

8.     Carlos Martinez

9.     Michael Oghia

10.   Sanford 

11.   Izumi Okutani (BPF coordinator)

12.   Sumon A. Sabir (BPF coordinator)

13.   Brian Gutterman (IGF Secretariat)





Draft Scope and Goals – IGF IPv6 Best Practice Forum 2016




During the 2015 Best Practice Forum Creating an Enabling Environment for IPv6 Adoption, part of the Internet Governance Forum’s intersessional work program, a group of volunteers from the global multi-stakeholder community came together over several months to share, collect and discuss different high level practices used around the world that help to promote and encourage the global adoption of the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).


The end result of this open and iterative process, was an outcome document titled "Creating an Enabling Environment for IPv6 Adoption." This document was discussed during a dedicated session at the 2015 IGF meeting in João Pessoa[1] <applewebdata://FF6D181D-B5BC-4C66-BAAA-68E908BB790D#_ftn1> and published on the IGF website.[2] <applewebdata://FF6D181D-B5BC-4C66-BAAA-68E908BB790D#_ftn2>

Last year’s BPF addressed the question of “Why adopt IPv6?” and identified hurdles to its deployment. It focussed on the role that IPv6 Task Forces and capacity building initiatives play in encouraging IPv6 adoption. The BPF also collected best practices from the private sector, and addressed various approaches used by different governments, National Research and Education Networks, and Universities in promoting and deploying IPv6.


There is still opportunity to update the 2015 doc with recent examples to keep the document ‘alive’ without having a time-intensive review. We encourage all stakeholders to spread words about last year’s BPF document on IPv6, as well as to share additional experience and successful case studies as the primary means of encouraging adoption.


In their conclusions, the BPF group suggested to continue the work on the IPv6 BPF in 2016 to address other elements of the IPv6 adoption, in particular the economic decision-making model and commercial incentives that lie behind a successful implementation of IPv6.




The IGF BPF on IPv6 will bring together representatives from different stakeholder communities and offer a great opportunity to look at the topic of IPv6 adoption with focus on economic element and business cases. The BPF will not replicate or duplicate work already undertaken by other groups (e.g. the substantive work or technical training done by Internet technical community). Rather, the BPF will take any such work as a starting point and input for the discussion. The BPF should focus on how stakeholders can help each other and exchange best practices.


Goals for 2016


Last year’s BPF on IPv6 focused on creating capacity building platforms and awareness raising, in the form of national and regional IPv6 taskforces and other initiatives.  Building upon the conclusions of last year, the BPF on IPv6 organizers now suggest a focus on the economic decisions and commercial drivers behind the decision to adopt IPv6.


Problem statement


Feedback received from the participants to the IPv6 BPF last year, especially those with a technical community background, suggests that the decision to adopt IPv6 is not only a technical one, but that other economic factors play an important role.


Most of the networks that make up today’s Internet are built and operated on a commercial basis, and must build IPv6 adoption into their business plan, accordingly. The same goes for not-for-profit and public sector network operators, who must also take into account the cost versus benefit when deciding to upgrade their networks to the new version of the Internet Protocol. The number of networks that support IPv6 today proofs that IPv6 adoption is a technically feasible option for businesses. IPv6 adoption is on the rise - not only in the global North, but also in a number of states in the southern hemisphere and there appears to be little correlation to GDP and IPv6. There remains some questions such as:


•         Why is there such a difference in IPv6 adoption in comparable markets?

•         While cost is often cited as a reason not to adopt, why are commercial ISPs of all sizes deploying IPv6?


Some studies explore the “why and when” of IPv6 adoption[3] <applewebdata://FF6D181D-B5BC-4C66-BAAA-68E908BB790D#_ftn3> or try and model the economic effects of IPv6 adoption versus the prolonged use of IPv4[4] <applewebdata://FF6D181D-B5BC-4C66-BAAA-68E908BB790D#_ftn4>[5] <applewebdata://FF6D181D-B5BC-4C66-BAAA-68E908BB790D#_ftn5>, but in general there is not that much documentation around the commercial aspects of IPv6 adoption, especially not based on specific positive cases of adoption. This will be the focus of the 2016 IPv6 BPF.


While a lot of technical documentation exists, together with a broad spectrum of technically focused capacity building activities, the 2016 BPF would like to invite people to share their commercial experiences with IPv6, with the aim of establishing a better understanding of the commercial and economic incentives that sit beneath a successful deployment of IPv6 in commercial as well as public sector networks and Internet services.


[1] <applewebdata://FF6D181D-B5BC-4C66-BAAA-68E908BB790D#_ftnref1> https://youtu.be/zdjxQYPWRTk <https://youtu.be/zdjxQYPWRTk>
[2] <applewebdata://FF6D181D-B5BC-4C66-BAAA-68E908BB790D#_ftnref2> http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/documents/best-practice-forums/creating-an-enabling-environment-for-the-development-of-local-content/581-igf2015-bpfipv6-finalpdf/file <http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/documents/best-practice-forums/creating-an-enabling-environment-for-the-development-of-local-content/581-igf2015-bpfipv6-finalpdf/file>
[3] <applewebdata://FF6D181D-B5BC-4C66-BAAA-68E908BB790D#_ftnref3> http://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1759&context=ese_papers

[4] <applewebdata://FF6D181D-B5BC-4C66-BAAA-68E908BB790D#_ftnref4> http://www.caida.org/funding/ipv6-adoption/ipv6-adoption_proposal.xml

[5] <applewebdata://FF6D181D-B5BC-4C66-BAAA-68E908BB790D#_ftnref5> http://www.rmv6tf.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/1-The-Cost-of-IPv4-IPv6- <http://www.rmv6tf.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/1-The-Cost-of-IPv4-IPv6->Transition.pdf
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