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New version of Internet addresses available in India

The Internet addresses under the present version IPv4, are limited and service providers often assign single IP address to many users

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Indian Registry for Names and Numbers (IRINN) has started issuing next version of addresses 'IPv6', which would make it easy for security agencies to identify each user.

The addresses under the present version (Protocol version 4), are limited and service providers often assign single to many users, making it difficult to identify the end user.

"The number of addresses available is enormous. ISPs (Service Providers) can allocate an to their users. People can be easily identified if they are using IPv6," APNIC Director (Services and Operations) Sanjaya said at the roadshow for new version here today.

APNIC, which is one of the five authorised bodies for issuing addresses, has recognised Indian Registry for Names and Numbers (IRINN) for issuing IP addresses in India.

"We are issuing addresses at up to 60% less than prevailing rates in the ongoing soft launch period. This is to test compatibility of hardware and softwares that has to be in place. In next couple of months we will launch industrial grade of IPv6," National Exchange of India (NIXI) Chief Executive Govind said.

IRINN has been set-up under the state-run NIXI.

On new version IPv6, Service Providers Association of India President Rajesh Charia said that the new addresses will be multiple times cheaper for companies than addresses.

IRINN is issuing initial set-of addresses in price range starting at Rs 21,999 compared to prevalent rate of around Rs 66,000 in Asia Pacific region.

On addressing security issues with the help of IPv6, Charia said, "Government will have to ensure that the new equipment and devices that are produced or imported in the country are at least enabled."

At present, there is no import restriction on devices and equipment that do not comply with standards.

First Published: Mon, November 26 2012. 21:10 IST