IPv6 on smartphones - it's happening

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After years of griping, it's finally happening: IPv6 on my smartphones (yes, I have several).

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my Nexus One supports IPv6 (apparently Android has had IPv6 support for a while). Here's a shot showing the APNIC website over IPv6 (notice my IPv6 address is the upper right corner):

According to AppleInsider, Apple is following Google's lead, and adding IPv6 support to iPhone OS 4.0 (thanks to Bob Hinden for the tip). Here's a leaked screenshot from a 4.0 beta:

In the righthand image, notice the toggle for IPv6.

I should note that both Android 2.x and iPhoneOS 4.0 will only support IPv6 over Wifi. Apparently the cellular industry is still trying to figure out how to make IPv6 work.

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5 Comments

UCIPv6 said:

1) For what application are you using IPv6?
2)Do you need ISATAP tunnel to connect to IPv6 host?
3)Is this dual stack device?

Raghavendra said:

Symbian is having IPv6 from years.

Jan Zorz said:

Hey...

On tuesday I presented in IPv6 WG on RIPE60 meeting IPv6 over 3G network deployed in 2 mobile operators (even with national roaming working on v6).

Have a look in ppt (Mobile broadband and IPv6 in Slovenia)
http://www.ripe.net/ripe/meetings/ripe-60/agendas.php?wg=ipv6

message: It can be done, we did it, that's it - do it :)

Cheers, Jan Zorz

Cameron Byrne said:

Indeed, 3G networks are actually relatively easy to transition to IPv6. T-Mobile USA will present their trial at the Google IPv6 meeting http://sites.google.com/site/ipv6implementors/2010/agenda

Hi, all

We have IPv6 running on a number of Mobile operators in the world today, both in operations and in test. All of the operational networks use Ericsson SGSN/GGSN and supports IPv4 PDP and IPv6 PDP. These PDP's can terminate in APN's that supports both IPv4 and IPv6. Later this year there will be support for a dual stack PDP, which also impliese that terminals supporting this will only use one RAB (Radio Access Bearer), therefore saving valueable radio resources.

If You live e.g. in Sweden, or Slovenia some operators have native support in the Mobile network.

The biggest issue with full native IPv6 support, is the application still only running on IPv4 servers. Therefore the operator need an translation Gateway (e.g. ALG64/NAT64/DNS64) to secure that all services (Either in IPv4 or IPv6 domain) are reachable.

Beside the pure Gi/SGi interface issues, the operator also need to support settings in HSS/HLR (2 bits for Pure IPv4, Pure IPv6 or dual stack) to control the end user capabilities. This also implies that You need to have support in the HLR/HSS front-end call CCS (Customer Care System).

Beside this normally all operators wants to be able to bill the traffic, which means that the Billing system must support both Dual stack and IPv6 CDR's. Some operators have a good Billing system, and some have home-made systems (Leading to redesign or rewrite the software - Reluctance to do it because of "small investment").

Some operators are running DPI solutions to control the traffic, and those have normally some issues with IPv6 due to the bit-width that's coming and also the extension headers that makes IPv6 a little more difficult to handle.

IPv6 are not hard to do, it takes a very short time to implement. But the prepartion needs to take time, so the operators doesn't end up in an architectural mess later (As in IPv4 case).

Best regards

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