November 2006 Newsletter

In this month's newsletter, we are pleased to feature Kenneth Miller, former senior writer at Life and senior editor at People, who gives us an interesting cultural and historic view of IPv6 and other major historical market shifts; Ting-Yun Chi and Han-Chieh Chao, of the National Information and Communication Initiative of Taiwan, who discuss educational institutions in Taiwan moving to IPv6; Brent Rowe, research economist at RTI International, who shares his thoughts on the cost and benefits of a full transition to IPv6; Scott Beall, systems analyst at, Inc., who gives an overview of the new IPv6-enabled cable standard, DOCSIS® 3.0; and Alex Ramia, VP of New Product Development at, Inc., who offers his follow-up piece about online social networking.
Remember to mark your calendars: on March 26-29, 2007 we have a dual conference – the US IPv6 Summit, the largest IPv6 Conference in North America, and the Coalition Summit for IPv6, produced in cooperation with NATO, both to be held in Reston, Virginia. You will have the benefit of both events in the same venue, and get the latest updates from executive-level military and government leaders from NATO and other Allied nations, as well as the most up-to-date government and industry developments and opportunities from the US. Included in the Early Bird Special fee is a Technology Tutorial, demonstrations of brand-new IPv6 commercial applications, and special presentations on the procedures and specifications being used to acquire IPv6-capable hardware by procurement executive officers.

IPv6 Should Be Invisible… To Most

IPv6 is coming, but at this point the transition is still moving rather slowly. Many potential users don't have the motivation to move, since presently there appear to be no easily-demonstrated quantifiable benefits to do so, and many of the touted benefits appear to be available without IPv6. Still, the efforts of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) are certainly moving things forward much more quickly than the demand from corporate users. Even though the benefits are still difficult to forecast for most users, the DoD has a vision into which IPv6 fits firmly. And OMB's requirement that all government agencies move to IPv6, while possibly not resulting in benefits for government agencies equal to those the DoD foresees in the short-term, should result in benefits to all Internet users (public and private) by accelerating its adoption.
A study that RTI International conducted to look at the economic impact of IPv6 adoption concluded that, although many users may never know that they are using IPv6, the cost to the organizations for which they work, to the ISPs that provide their Internet connectivity, and to the vendors who supply their Internet hardware and software, will be sizable. We estimated that ISPs will have to spend $136 million, hardware and software "infrastructure" vendors $1.4 billion, applications vendors $593 million, and users $23.3 billion, all spread out over approximately 30 years.

DormV6 – A Pure IPv6 Testbed in Taiwan

Are we ready for pure IPv6? Should we encourage everyone to transfer from IPv4 to IPv6? While we would like to use IPv6 to help us solve network problems, will it raise more questions at the same time? Once the end users or the CEOs of corporations make up their minds, can IPv6 really be ready for users' daily usages?
Internet users have always brought up these questions. Most users may not believe that IPv6 is ready for providing daily practical services. IPv6 has been planned for more than a decade and lots of well-designed specifications have been added to its protocol standard. For example, ample address space, enhanced extension services, security, and mobility are key factors to bring back the Internet's point-to-point nature.
Currently, IPv6 has been successfully adapted to cable TV service [1] and VoIP experiments [2][3]. Problems pertaining to transition from IPv4 to IPv6 have also been extensively studied by researchers [4]. However, little research has been done on what exactly will happen regarding daily usage for general users.

Seeing Around The Curve

How does a technological revolution begin? Sometimes, the spark is lit by a brand-new invention: the airplane, the telephone, the X-ray. In other cases, the breakthrough comes with the reworking of an existing technology — a change that makes an old invention radically more efficient, more reliable, more useful and affordable.
Thomas Alva Edison didn't invent the light bulb, but he developed the first mass-producible bulb that could burn steadily for long periods. George Eastman didn't invent photography, but he devised the first cheap, hand-held camera that could be operated by anyone who could push a button. Bill Gates and Paul Allen didn't invent the personal computer, but they created the operating system that made the PC accessible to the masses.
What all those revolutionaries had in common was not just technical brilliance, but boldness of vision – and a cunning sense of the marketplace. Long before their peers, each recognized that a new era was waiting to emerge. And they owed much of their success to farsighted investors who were equally eager to embrace their vision of the future. Consider this — the Edison Electric Light Company was founded in 1878, two years before the wizard of Menlo Park patented his incandescent bulb.

New CableLabs® DOCSIS® 3.0 Release Supports IPv6

The new DOCSIS® (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) version 3.0 was released by Cable Television Laboratories, Inc., Cablelabs® on Aug. 7, 2006.
What is DOCSIS?
DOCSIS is the most widely used and robust specification that defines the requirements for data over cable systems. It (or one of its variants) is used to permit high-speed data transfer over existing hybrid fiber and coaxial cable television systems, and to connect data devices such as modems, set-top boxes and HDTV decoders over such cable systems.
DOCSIS was created by the Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. under the Cablelabs trademark and has been modified for use in Asia and Europe. This consortium includes some of the largest cable equipment manufacturers and cable providers. Cablelabs also offers certification to hardware manufactures to verify compliance with the DOCSIS specifications.

Digital Fly Paper (Part II)

There is an old saying, "You can't tell where you're going if don't know where you've been."
Last month I wrote about the birth of digital social networking and how it has become part of our global culture. My article covered a short history of where we came from in order to define the road we are now on. So to recap last month and place readers on a firm footing for this month, let me review.
We started with dialup modems and Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) based on a timeshare system that supported a very limited amount of simultaneous users with no realtime interaction. We evolved to the mainframe networks, still driven by modems, that now had realtime interaction, but failed to allow simultaneous users to connect. Then, after trying many mini-network deployments, we finally transitioned to the Transport Control Protocol (TCP) using Internet Protocol, also known as TCP/IP. This is the transport of the worldwide Web (WWW) as we know it today.