The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE has completed the tests of the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) on the Federal Network (FedNet), it said in a statement on Tuesday.
It conducted all internal assessments and practical tests to ensure the readiness of FedNet in terms of hardware and software requirements. The tests were conducted in cooperation with the UAE accredited service providers — etisalat and du.
The Internet Protocol version 6 is the most recent version of the Internet Protocol compared to the earlier version IPv4 and the IP addresses are lengthened from 32 bits to 128 bits to accommodate more addresses on the internet.
The technical team supervising FedNet, in cooperation with the service providers, conducted technical tests that confirmed the ability of operators to switch to IPv6, which is considered a major achievement in the UAE, and a key requirement in light of the lack of internet resources due to IPv4.
“These efforts are part of TRA vision of providing sustainable internet infrastructure to meet the growing needs of the smart city transformation process, as well as providing the highest standards of security, reliability and speed of transaction through applications and smart devices,” stated Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, Director General of TRA and the UAE mGovernment.
He added that the aim of this step is to confirm the UAE’s leadership in smart services and support the UAE’s strategies in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Engineer Saeed Belhoul, Director eGovernment Operations in TRA, said that IPv6 provides greater flexibility in availing internet resources to meet the growing demand, especially in light of the widespread of smart devices of all kinds, both in the work environment or daily life.