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UK IPv6 transition group 6UK pulls its own plug

Board quits over power struggle
Mon Dec 10 2012, 13:38
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THE UK GROUP set up to steer the country toward Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), has thrown in the towel citing a power struggle with the government as the reason.

The independent not for profit group called 6UK was formed in 2010. Its appearance was heralded by Vint Cerf that Autumn and we were told that it planned to shock stodgy networks to their cores and encourage businesses to start moving in an internet protocol update direction.

The move to IPv6 is important, said Cerf, because otherwise the internet, "will stop growing or will not be growable".

Two years later and the group that was to hold the door open to businesses has slammed it shut and dismantled it. "Powerless to encourage IPv6 adoption. Board resigns," said its goodbye statement.

Two years down the line and the group has realised that it has been doing what people always recommend you shouldn't do into the wind. It has come to the realisation that without some assistance, cash maybe, or support from government, its work was futile and it must stop it immediately.

Since it launched with a £20,000 seed budget, the group has achieved very little and when it comes to adopting IPv6, the UK is not getting there.

"The UK lags its neighbours, economies of similar size, G20 and EU member states when it comes to uptake of the new Internet protocol, IPv6," it said. "From observing global IPv6 adoption patterns in recent times, one factor appears to dominate IPv6 adoption rates, namely government support. Countries with hands-off governments fall behind."

The UK, which has fallen behind, you see, has a hands-off government and this isn't working out for it. "[At] a country level, delayed adoption significantly impacts national competitiveness, innovation and skills deleteriously," it warned.

"It may also hobble UK based companies' facility to compete internationally." µ


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