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IP6 Activity Report 2018-2019

Chairman: Patrick Wetterwald , Cisco Systems

Established to define best practices, gather support and create awareness of the impact of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

Upgrading the Internet with the provision of additional public IP addresses is essential to maintain growth and allow new entrants to join. Developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to solve the problem of IPv4 address exhaustion, IPv6 provides enhanced features and enables new Internet services in need of end-to-end connectivity and security. It is also the key technology to enable the deployment of billions of new devices that form the Internet of Things (IoT). As mobile data traffic continues to increase significantly, major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have started prioritising IPv6 traffic.

ETSI’s Industry Specification Group on IPv6 Integration (ISG IP6) is addressing the transition from IPv4 to IPv6. The group brings together stakeholders worldwide to work on pre-standardization in a neutral environment, defining requirements and use cases, outlining best practices, gathering support and creating awareness of the impact of IPv6.

During 2018 we published a Group Report on IPv6-Based 5G Mobile Wireless Internet, outlining technology guidelines, benefits and challenges of implementing IPv6 in 5G.

ISG IP6 continues to liaise with the IETF, the 5G Focus Group of the Telecommunications Standardization sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T), the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance, the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP™), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the IPv6 Forum.

Within ETSI, the group co-operates with our ISG NFV and the Network Technologies (TC NTECH) and Integrated Broadband Cable Telecommunication Networks (TC CABLE) committees.


  • Group Report on integration of IPv6 in Vehicular Networking (V2X)