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Introduction to IPv6

Getting started

This section summarizes the most relevant questions on what is meant by IPv4 exhaustion IPv6 adoption for all Internet stakeholders: Internet Service Providers (ISPs), network operators, vendors, regulators, governmental organizations and end users.

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Transition mechanisms

This section summarizes the most common transition mechanisms. As IPv4 and IPv6 networks are not directly interoperable, these technologies are designed to permit hosts on either network to participate in networking with the opposing networks.


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Requesting an IPv6 block

This section aims to provide the necessary information for those who wish to request IPv6 address space from AFRINIC.

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Training on IPv6

AFRINIC has an extensive training program provides free training to over 600 network engineers per year on Internet Number Resources Management (INRM) and IPv6 Planning and Deployment.

Our training courses are always growing to support the technologies related to Internet resources, including DNSSEC & RPKI.

Our IPv6 course are IPv6 Forum (Gold) Certified and are fully hands-on, making use of our extensive IPv6 testbed access which gives participants hands-on experience on real equipment to configure, test and troubleshoot IPv6.

Attendance at our workshops is free of charge with priority given to our members. For more details, please visit our dedicated training portal



Policies on IPv6

  • IPv6 Address Allocation and Assignment Policy
  • Global Policy for IPv6 Allocation from IANA to RIR
  • Policy to Change the IPv6 HD Ratio from 0.8 to 0.94
  • IPv6 Provider Independent (PI) Assignment for End-Sites



IPv6 @ NRO

The Number Resource Organization (NRO) is a coordinating body for the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) that manage the distribution of Internet number resources including IP addresses and Autonomous System Numbers. Each RIR consists of the Internet community in its region.

  • 2010
    • IPv6 Global Survey - Results of the Global IPv6 Deployment Monitoring Survey.
  • 2011
    • IPv6 Global Survey - Results of the Global IPv6 Deployment Monitoring Survey. IPv6 around the world NRO Documentation for Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Kenya
  • 2012
    • IPv6 Global survey - Results of the Global IPv6 Deployment Monitoring Survey.
    • IPv6 around the world - NRO Documentation for Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Azerbaijan. 
    • IPv4: Where are we now - NRO Documentation for Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Azerbaijan.


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Media & Publications




  • RFC 2460 Internet Protocol, version 6 (specification)
  • RFC 2461 Neighbour Discovery for IPv6 version 6 (IPv6)
  • RFC 2462 IPv6 stateless address autoconfiguration
  • RFC 4193 Unique local IPv6 unicast addresses
  • RFC 4213 Basic translation mechanisms for IPv6 hosts and routers
  • RFC 1887 An architechture for IPv6 unicast address allocation
  • RFC 4291 IP version 6 addressing architechture
  • RFC 3596 DNS extensions to support IP version 6

Transition & Interoperability

  • RFC 4038 Application aspects of IPv6 transition
  • RFC 4213 Basic transition mechanisms for IPv6 hosts and routers
  • RFC 4380 Teredo: Tunneling IPv6 over UDP through Network Address ranslations (NATs)
  • RFC 4891 Using IPsec to Secure IPv6-in-IPv4 Tunnelsv
  • RFC 3053 IPv6 Tunnel Broker
  • RFC 3056 Connection of IPv6 Domains via IPv4 Clouds
  • RFC 3064 An Anycast Prefix for 6to4 Relay Routers
  • RFC 3068 Security Considerations for 6to4
  • RFC 3942 An IPv6-to-IPv4 Transport Relay Translator
  • RFC 3338 Dual Stack Hosts Using Bump-in-the-API (BIA)
  • RFC 2765 Stateless IP/ICMP Translation Algorithm (SIIT)


  • RFC 3750 Unmanaged networks IPv6 transition scenarios
  • RFC 4029 Scenarios and analysis for introducing IPv6 into ISP networks
  • RFC 4057 IPv6 enterprise network scenarios
  • RFC 4192 Procedures for renumbering an IPv6 network without a Flag Day
  • RFC 4779 ISP IPv6 Deployment Scenarios in Broadband Access Networks
  • RFC 4852 IPv6 Enterprise Network Analysis - IP Layer 3 Focus



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