IP Address Needs Rise, APJII Supports Government’s Plan to Implement IPv6

Currently, most of the electronic devices that are produced can be connected to internet services. Therefore, the need for Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses will continue to increase.

General Chairperson of the Indonesian Internet Service Providers Association (APJII) Muhammad Arif, in the event IPv6 Switch ONwhich was organized by ASIOTI and the Ministry of Communication and Information in Jakarta, Monday (10/10), said that currently the use of telecommunication devices with dual-mode IPv4 and IPv6 is still relatively low.

Company internet service provider (ISPs) as well as device providers used by the people of Indonesia still mostly use single mode IPv4.

Data owned by APJII states that until September 2022, the growth of users who can use IPv6 is only 14% even though IPv6 has been implemented in Indonesia since 2006.

From a survey conducted by APJII in 2021, it is stated that the main obstacle in implementing IPv6 is due to limited human resources, infrastructure and costs for IPv6 implementation.

Arif admitted that several years ago, the price of telecommunication equipment that used dual-mode IPv4 and IPv6 was still very expensive.

But now telecommunication devices that use dual mode IPv4 and IPv6 have begun to be affordable.

“To support the digital transformation that is being promoted by the government of President Jokowi, APJII supports the implementation of the use of IPv6,” he explained.

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“Indeed, the implementation of dual-mode IPv4 and IPv6 in Indonesia is still experiencing challenges. However, now there are many telecommunications equipment vendors that produce IPv4 and IPv6 dual-mode standards,” said Arif at the IPv6 Switch On event.

There are many benefits that can be obtained by the community and telecommunications operators when using IPv6.

The benefits of using IPv6 include helping to reduce the overhead of processing data packets and making connections faster. Because it doesn’t have Network Address Translation (NAT), then IPv6 is faster than IPv4.

Another benefit that can be obtained by the public and telecommunications operators with the implementation of IPv6 is to help consistency, security, and confidentiality of data on the network because IPSec is required in its operation.

Furthermore, Arif said that in IPv4 security is an additional feature, while in IPv6, security and confidentiality are mandatory features that must be present. So that the implementation of IPv6 will make network security higher.

“The main feature in IPv6 is that it can provide an almost unlimited number of IP addresses. It can reach quadra trillion IP addresses,” he said.

“While IPv4 only has 4.2 billion IP addresses. This feature is very much needed to accommodate the need for IP addresses because later almost all devices will be connected to the internet and require a unique public IP address,” explained Arif.

So that Indonesia can anticipate the expiration of IP addresses, Arif asked the Government through the Ministry of Communication and Information to immediately encourage the acceleration of IPv6 implementation.

Indeed, currently many telecommunications operators have implemented IPv4 and IPv6 standards.

“APJII welcomes the Ministry of Communication and Informatics’ plan to standardize so that all new telecommunication devices that apply for device certification are already using IPv4 and IPv6 dual mode. So with this standardization, it is hoped that the IPv6 ecosystem can continue to grow,” he explained.

Even if later there must be a transition IP version all telecommunications equipment to use IPv6, Indonesia is ready.

“APJII believes this transition will occur soon due to the high growth of internet devices in the retail segment, especially for IoT, and the limited available IPv4 addresses, so that one day Indonesia will definitely switch to IPv6,” said Arif. (RO/OL-09)

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