A new report from Ofcom finds that by any measure, the UK lags behind its peers in IPv6 deployment. Whether in comparison with economies of a similar size, G20 and EU member states, or with Asian economies, the UK is behind in the adoption of the IPv6 Internet address scheme. "IPv4 address exhaustion and a failure to transition to IPv6 has a significant impact on innovation as it is the essential building block for any technology that connects to the Internet," say the report authors. "Failure to keep up with competitor economies will have an impact on the UK’s consumer access to broadband, on eGovernment, intelligent highway systems, sensor technologies, mobile Internet applications, distributed generation of renewable energy, remote and automated monitoring of natural resources, and support for advanced employment, immigration and welfare applications."
The report points out that this is even more important for applications and services that have not yet emerged in the marketplace, not just the Internet of Things. "The potential is enormous and offers the UK an opportunity to become a centre of innovation, research and development in the United Kingdom as billions of devices connect to this common standard infrastructure using
the IPv6 protocol. To safeguard the future growth of the digital economy, timely adoption of IPv6 is essential," says the report. www.ofcom.org.uk
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