An industry insider has revealed that on September 2, China Telecom (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) convened an exploratory meeting on the IPv6 network protocol in Xi'an, inviting the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU), 21CN, Alcatel-Shanghai Bell (ASB), Huawei, Cisco, Juniper, and IPv6 experts from China Telecom's Guangzhou Research Institute to discuss IPv6 adoption strategies, commercial applications, and other topics.
Deputy Chief Engineer Xu Jianfeng of the China Telecom Guangzhou Research Institute said that the use of IPv6 for IPTV and mobile IP services was a growing trend and could be considered for prioritized development. Although dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 networks are most common in network construction, Xu said, it would be possible to build new networks to avoid affecting existing networks and services, while adopting gradual network construction plans to control costs.
Editor's Note: The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has issued a notice concerning IPv6 and hopes China will have over 500,000 trial commercial users of IPv6 networks by 2010. For more background, please see "NDRC Wants 500,000 IPv6 Users by 2010", MD 8/22/08 issue.
China Telecom has also stepped up R&D efforts in this field. For more background, please see "China Telecom to Emphasize IPV6 R&D", MD 4/16/08 issue.