The 58th Conference of the Network Coordination Centre
in the European region (RIPE-58) completed its proceedings
in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) on May 8. The event, which
was attended by the RIPN experts, gathered over 400
representatives of the Internet service providers, network
operators and other concerned organisations from Europe
and nearby regions.
The focal point addressed by the conference was the
issue related to the introduction of the IPv6 addressing
protocol poised to replace soon the now existing IPv4
protocol, its possibilities, under expert estimates,
to be exhausted as soon as in 2012.
The RIPE 58 conference participants have stated that
the transfer speed to the IPv6 technology application
remains slow. The business community representatives fail
to realize the substantial advantages offered by the new
protocol, which is why they are in no hurry to invest
funds in the expensive IPv6 support equipment. Neither
the state agencies in the overwhelming majority of the
countries are ready to bear any such expenses: their
efforts directed at the IPv6 technology integration have
so far been limited to informational policies in the area.
The experts are convinced that the state funding sources
are not to be expected to come about neither in the future,
as far as the issue related to the Internet infrastructure
upgrade to transfer to the IPv6 application is concerned,
therefore, the new technology integration will be funded,
primarily, by the commercial companies.
Under the pessimistic forecasts outlined at the
RIPE 58 conference, the IPv6 protocol will not reach
the end user before 2016. The justice behind this opinion
is confirmed by statistics: so far even in the majority
of the world's advanced nations the new technology is
not used at the practical level at all. In particular,
according to the data provided by the Hostcount++ software
implemented in the RIPE NCC, Great Britain and the Netherlands
are recording at present 0% of the hosts with operations
involving the IPv6 technology. This is witnessed despite
the fact that the European Union has approved an IPv6
integration program and the European providers have already
received 1338 blocks of IPv6 addresses; in terms of this
indicator Europe is well ahead of other world regions.
The experts are sure that at this stage it is paramount
to engage in operations to promote IPv6 and explain to the
Internet community representatives the new protocol's
possibilities and advantages. For this purpose, today already
the state agencies from a number of countries, as well as
many international organisations, IETF, ISOC and ICANN among
them, are holding practical seminars, conferences and forums
oriented both towards Internet company experts and rank-and-file
users. Moreover, the RIPE 58 participants believe that the
IPv6 introduction will also be facilitated by exchanging
practical experiences in the new protocol application sphere.
As part of the RIPE 58 conference, a section meeting was
held to address Internet network safety and security problems.
Representatives of the organisations dealing with averting
computer threats in Europe and the USA spoke at the section.
In particular, a representative of the Central Telecommunications
Research Centre of the Netherlands (CIOT) told about Holland's
experience in the area of struggling against the illegal
actions in the Internet network. Today 110 Internet providers
are cooperating with the organisation and at the request
from the Dutch law-enforcement authorities they are prepared
to provide to the CIOT the data on an illicit web resource.
Such a scheme provides for a possibility of a prompt reaction
to any computer-related incidents and enables avoiding an
excessive control by The Netherlands' law enforcers over
the Dutch Internet network segment.
Another important event staged as part of the RIPE 58
conference was election of a member of the RIPE NCC Board
of Directors. For the last three years the post was occupied
by Russia's representative Dmitry Burkov: under the RIPE NCC
rules his powers were to have expired in May 2009. The voting
results have reinstated Dmitry Burkov for another three-year
term in office. 138 Internet providers included in the RIPE
NCC have voted in his favour, while his opponent David Monosov
could ensure just 32 votes.
Before the votes were cast, the RIPE NCC members had been
presented with the organisation's annual financial report.
According to the data submitted, the Internet registration
revenues in 2008 made over $13 m and went up on the previous
This year the RIPE NCC celebrates its 20th anniversary;
an official reception was dedicated to the event as part
of the RIPE 58 conference and the organisation founders were
invited to the reception as the guests of honour. The event
was preceded by a special section meeting, where RIPE NCC
Chairman Rob Blokzijl gave a brief outline of the Internet
registration history and awarded symbolic gifts to the
providers who had been among the first to join.
The 20th RIPE NCC anniversary celebration will be continued
at other events scheduled by the organisation for 2009.
The nearest one is to be held in September in Moscow and
it will gather representatives of the major Russian Internet
providers. And the next RIPE NCC conference will be held in
Lisbon, October 5-9, 2009.