Cisco announced that it is teaming with the leading Belgian cable operator -- VOO -- to prepare the transition to IPv6.
Cisco's dual-stack technology will be deployed across the VOO network, allowing the service provider to run IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously in order to maintain a high-quality customer experience during the transition from IPv4 to IPv6.
With the goal of a fully IPv6-enabled network, deploying a dual-stack strategy allows both IPv4 and IPv6 to coexist across the network, allowing a gradual transition for the service provider and its customers.
Devices on the VOO network will be able to run both systems in parallel, thereby enabling users to simultaneously reach IPv4 and IPv6 content and reducing VOO's reliance on IPv4 exhaust mitigation technologies.
"Making the move to IPv6 is a complex process but one that is absolutely critical for our business and our long-term ambitions to deliver first-class services to our rapidly growing customer base. It was therefore vital that we select the right partner to support the business throughout the transition. We are delighted to be working with Cisco as we move to IPv6 and are confident that, by deploying a dual-stack network infrastructure now, we are laying the long-term foundation for a smooth and cost-effective transition to a fully IPv6 compatible network," said Nico Weymaere, CTO at VOO.
VOO is deploying a dual-stack infrastructure to minimize disruption to the service provider's existing customer base while giving its network the ability to flex and scale in line with the company's growth targets.
The solution will incorporate the Cisco Carrier-Grade IPv6 Solution (CGv6), a portfolio of products and services designed to help businesses adopt IPv6 in a controlled, safe, and cost-effective manner.
VOO will also be able to deliver innovative platforms, applications, and services that take advantage of the technical possibilities of being an early adopter of IPv6.
The Cisco solution will include the deployment of the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System and the Cisco Cable Modem Termination Systems (CMTS). The Cisco CRS-3, powered by Cisco QuantumFlow Array, is designed to help service providers prepare for the rapid rise in network traffic fueled by the growth in video content, mobile traffic, and cloud data centers.
Lab testing of the dual-stack solution has already been completed with full deployment expected to begin by November 2012.
The Cisco solution will also incorporate Cable DOCSIS 3.0 network technology, giving VOO the foundation it needs to deploy faster, more consistent network speeds to its users. Recent tests conducted on Cisco's DOCSIS 3.0-enabled networks saw record-breaking speeds of 4 gigabits per second achieved.
Cisco is fully committed to supporting the transition to IPv6 and will be participating in the recently announced World IPv6 Launch on 6 June 2012, following on from the company's successful involvement in last year's World IPv6 Day.
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