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IPV6’ll enhance Internet of Things – Minister

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, says the uptake of Internet Protocol Version 6 in the country will open up opportunities in the country, one of which is the facilitation of Internet of Things.
IPV6’ll enhance Internet of Things – Minister

Shittu, who was represented by the Director of e-Governance at the Ministry of Communications, Tope Fashedemi, at the AFRINIC-27 conference in Lagos, emphasised the need for stakeholders to increase awareness of the IPV6 and capacity building as its uptake was low in the country.

The IPv6 is the Internet’s next-generation protocol designed to replace the current Internet Protocol, IP Version 4 and allows more users and devices to communicate on the Internet by using bigger numbers to create IP addresses.

He noted that the possible number of IP addresses that would be created by IPV6 was inexhaustible, adding that the ministry was in full support of initiatives that would improve the accessibility of services and use of equipment and services that would be compliant with the IPV6.

“Government has established the IPV6 council to provide leadership planning for IPV6 implementation in Nigeria. Nigeria needs IPV6 to get our huge population online as we embrace advancement such as our smart city initiatives. IPV6 is the future of networks globally and a key communication enabler for building the Internet of Things,” Shittu added.

He stated, “With the ever-increasing number of new devices being connected to the Internet every day, there is need for more addresses than what is currently available on the IPV4, which is the communication protocol that the Internet relies on.

“I have been reliably informed that IPV6 has been designed as an evolutionary upgrade to the Internet Protocol and will open a pool of Internet addresses, which is multiple times larger than the current pool of IPV4, which is about 4.3 billion.”

He highlighted the moves by the government to ensure businesses were conducted safely online by bringing cybercriminals to justice and ensure regular upgrade of information system securities.

He said, “The government is aware of the difficulties being faced by Nigerians in transacting business online. The IP addresses are sometimes traceable to Nigerians, sometimes restrictive and outright blocked by some e-commerce sites. We are aware of the negative activities of some users and government has taken keen interest in cybersecurity with all seriousness.

“The Federal Government has since enacted a cybercrime Act and leaves no hiding place for cybercriminals. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been very active in bringing many criminals to justice. We are consistently improving our information system securities to increase the confidence of Nigerians and foreigners who want to do business online.”

The Chief Executive Officer, AFRINIC, Alan Barrett, said the centre had over 100 million IPV4 addresses and over 9,000 IPV6 prefixes; trained 550 engineers in some 18 countries in Africa; and continued to ensure that the Internet remained improved for all users in the region.

The Chief Operating Officer, Nigerian Internet Registration Association, Edith Udeagu, commended the participants for their presence and support and urged them to look forward to robust technical presentations and panel discussions at the conference.

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