As per the state-run ITI and industry platform IPv6 Forum, with over 50 percent share in next-generation IP addresses, India now seems to have the ability to build its own protected internet. This could be possible by setting up a root server locally for less than 10 crore.
In 2010 and 2012, the DoT published the first and second roadmap to roll out IPv6 addresses in the country. This is unlike the old IPv4 regime with a threshold of 3 billion IP addresses, can offer several trillion distinctive internet addresses.
“The work on IPv6 started in 2006. India was last to implement IPv6 roadmap. It now has over 50 per cent market share in IPv6 address and leads the world in terms of subscribers”. ITI Chairman and Managing Director RM Agarwal told PTI.
As Deputy Director General, Network Technology at the Department of Telecom, he was responsible for leading the introduction of IPv6 adoption in the nation within his portfolio (DoT).
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The Internet operates by linking websites, users, etc. with Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Earlier IPv4 variants of IP addresses, which are small in number and not adequate to satisfy the rising demand for data services, were in use.
“There are only about 3 billion IPv4 addresses which are already exhausted whereas under IPv6 there are several trillions of IP addresses. Reliance Jio contributed in taking India to the leadership position. Each of Reliance Jio customers are connected through IPv6 address. We can now have our Aatmanirbhar secure internet. India can now set up its own root server with less than ₹10 crore,” IPv6 Forum chairman Satya N Gupta said.
“The Internet will stop working if any of the root servers are switched off. With an indigenous root server, India can continue to communicate within its own jurisdiction. Government, industry and other stakeholders can jointly manage it. We want technocrats in India to develop IPv6 servers,” Gupta said.
“The National Internet Exchange of India (Nixi) already has expertise in IPv6. The company can develop native technologies on IPv6 and export them as well. Theoretically, every country will have its own root server,” Gupta said.
“We were supported by other countries when we were in the first phase. Now it is our job to help others. IPv6 is pivotal for Digital India. To support 5G and related technologies like machine-to-machine, internet of things etc we need IPv6,” Agarwal said.