From 27th to 30th November 2012, the delegation of Vietnam National IPv6 Task Force (IPv6TF), headed by Mr. Hoang Minh Cuong, Vice Chairman of IPv6TF and Director General of Vietnam Internet Network Information Center (VNNIC) together with representatives of Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) of Vietnam, paid a working visit to Japan to discuss the experiences of IPv6 deployment in two countries.
Within the working schedule, the delegation had a number of meetings with representatives of MIC (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications) of Japan, Japan IPv6 Promotion Council and IPv4 Exhausted Task Force, Japan Network Operators’ Group (JANOG) and JPNIC. The delegation also visited some Internet-related top ranking corporations in Japan like NTT, KDDI, JPNAP, and JPIX.
At the meetings, Japanese partners shared with the Vietnamese delegation the overview and updates about the policy and deployment of IPv6 in Japan. It can be seen from the information exchanged during the meetings that the most important factor to enhance IPv6 deployment in Japan is the self-motivation of local enterprises together with the collaboration and promotion of local institutions. More than 70% of Japanese enterprises have already prepared available infrastructure for the IPv6 application in their network. However, the real traffic and usage of IPv6 is still low (occupying 2.4% of total traffic) because many obstacles relating to technical, commercial issues, and especially to the end-users still remain unresolved. Significantly, in recent years, the Internet service providers have recognized the importance of IPv6 deployment and got ready for the transition. In order to boost the application, the IPv6 deployment will be considered as the default service to be provided to end-users in Japan in the near future. In addition to the efforts and initiatives by local enterprises, the promotive activities like conferences, training held by relating association or IPv6 Task force will also be the important factors to foster the IPv6 development
Through the activities in Japan, the Vietnam IPv6TF delegation has learnt the experiences from Japan about IPv6 deployment to apply for Vietnam. This working visit also contributed to strengthening the collaboration and mutual support between two countries, two ministries and related organizations in the commemoration of Vietnam-Japan Friendship Year 2013.