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IPv6 around the world

The New Year will usher in a global research networking IPv6 service which will be initiated during the Global IPv6 Service Launch Event (15 - 16 January). The event, which is by invitation alone due to limitations of space, has the following objectives:
  • To highlight the importance and impact of IPv6
  • To publicise the advanced capabilities of GÉANT and the National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) with regard to their IPv6 deployment and also of the large IPv6 test-beds (Euro6IX, 6NET)
  • To promote international coordination and collaboration
  • To emphasise the international dimension of research expanding from regional into global co-operation
  • To further develop a global perspective on reseach networking
  • To inform leading-edge and influential users about the achievements of the Pan-European Research Network - GEANT and of the large European IPv6 tests-beds and how they can benefit from them
  • To promote the new and exciting possibilities available with IPv6
In order to help achieve the objectives, the event will consist of two distinct themes:
The first will revolve around the transition from regional to global IPv6 networking and will seek to provide a forum for the exchange of views and ideas concerning the future development of global research networking. As a concrete step in the realisation of this common objective, a global IPv6 network will be inaugurated which will see the birth of an operational worldwide IPv6 connectivity service. High-level speakers from the European Commission and the European Parliament will underline the importance of the launch.

The second theme will be more concerned with the actual achievements of the various R&D groups worldwide on IPv6. Their findings and experiences on rolling-out operational IPv6 applications and services will be complemented by achievements from industry. These key persons from industry and research from around the world will report on the substantial benefits gained by embracing an advanced technology such as IPv6 as an integrated tool in their activities.

The Global IPv6 Service Launch will also allow for meetings and group discussions to be organised around the event with the aim of fostering further joint global activities.

The Launch Event promises to be an ideal forum for policy-makers, leading experts and managers from Research, Industry and Business active in the area of IPv6 and research networking from around the world.

B its & P ieces

IPv6 Ready Certified Devices

The first list of devices certified with the IPv6 Ready logo has just been published.

K orea to invest heavily in IPv6

The Korean Information and Communication Ministry plans to invest a total of 188.5 billion Won (approx 130 M€) by the year 2007 in IPv6 in the country where more than two out of three homes have broadband Internet access. See article .

H ow to enable your Computer for IPv6

The Swiss National IPv6 Task Force has recently published a useful how to page describing how to enable IPv6 on your computer, connect to the Internet with IPv6 and also how to make your website reachable over IPv6. See

I ntroducing EuroIndia 2004

EuroIndia 2004 will promote Euro-Indian co-operation in ICT and foster business alliances as well as academic and research co-operation. The three-day event (24-26 March, 2004) will offer a stimulating mix of plenary presentations, including an opening address by the European Commissioner for Enterprise & Information Society Mr. Erkki Liikanen, and innovative parallel workshops along distinct streams and themes.
EuroIndia 2004 will be a top-rated event with delegates from over 40 countries, including many SMEs. Over 2,500 visitors including 400 European & Indian participants from the ICT community are expected to attend the event.


The International Conference on Research Infrastructures: Centres of exchange, training and excellence for the European research Area took place in Triest on November 20, 2003. The conference was organised by the Italian government in connection with the Italian presidency of the European Union Council, in collaboration with the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures and Sincrotrone Trieste. Presentations were given, among others, by the Commissioner Philippe Busquin , the Research Minister of Italy Letizia Moratti , and the Secretary General of the Greek Research Ministry Dimitrios Deniozos . Most of the presentations stressed the importance of e-Infrastructures for Europe and also noted the significant progress that had been made in this area during the last few years.
A number of demonstrations and videos were presented on GEANT and DataGrid. Further information may be found on the conference web site .


European IPv6 Task Force releases
renewed Call for Action

T he European IPv6 Task Force again underlined the danger of complacency regarding the uptake of IPv6 within Europe in a recent press release in which it called for a number of actions to be tackled at the European level.

Latif Ladid, Chairman of the European IPv6 Task Force, stressed:

"Keeping the momentum and monitoring the deployment roadmap progress of IPv6 proves to be a monumental task. Achieving set objectives needs leadership substantiated with genuine support from key business and technology players such as the European ISP and ASP community and industry at large to make this undertaking really happen."
Recommended actions include:
  • The launch of an in-depth investigation of all non-technical barriers to the deployment of IPv6
  • The creation of a research-led center of excellence in order to drive forward IPv6 research and deployment in Europe
  • Promoting the adoption of IPv6 by governments, schools, universities and the European Commission, including deployment in web sites and other infrastructure

  • The requirement that all procurement of computer and network equipment, at least in the public sector, be IPv6 compliant
  • Reinforcing the strategic need of IPv6 to accomplish the eEurope 2005 objectives together with broadband for all, security and Ambient Intelligence
  • Promoting the adoption of IPv6 by the Top-level national NICs (those responsible for holding the root DNS infrastructure for every country)
  • The establishment of an extended IPv6 Task Force portal for the more effective dissemination of IPv6-related research results, information, and expertise
Articles recently published related to the press release include: (German)

The full report of the European IPv6 Task Force may be found at:


Confirmation of European Network
and Information Security Agency

P ress Release - Brussels, 20th November 2003.

Today the Telecom Council reached an agreement to set up the European Network and Information Security Agency ENISA . This has been achieved only nine months after the Commission originally proposed its draft regulation for ENISA. The agreement in Council follows a first reading vote by the European Parliament yesterday, on a compromise text for the regulation prepared by the Council and the European Parliament. As a result, ENISA can start its operations in the beginning of 2004 as was called for in the Spring Council. The prime role of the ENISA will be to support the internal market by facilitating and promoting increased co-operation and information exchange on issues of network and information security.

Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society said of the decision:

"Trust and security are crucial components in the information society and by establishing ENISA we continue the work to create the culture of security that we set out to build in the eEurope 2005 Action Plan. I'm very pleased that both Parliament and Member States have seen the urgency to get this agency in place and have been able to reach an agreement on the first reading of the proposal. All parties involved in the issues of network and information security have been advocating closer co-operation and the ENISA delivers the infrastructure for this."
As information flows freely across national borders, so will the network and information security problems. Therefore all countries face essentially the same issues of network and information security, but until today there has been no systematic cross-border co-operation or information exchange between the EU Member States. The individual Member States are at very different stages in their work and have to some extent chosen varying approaches. This is the challenge that the ENISA is set up to meet. The Agency will support the internal market by acting as a centre of knowledge and by assisting the Member States in their efforts to improve security of networks and information systems.

In order to fulfil this mission the ENISA will be given a number of tasks:
  • It will advise Member States and the Commission on security issues and help co-ordinate activities to ensure a high level of network and information security within the Community. This includes analysing information on current and emergent risks in Europe to support EU policy development as well as national initiatives;
  • It will address the need for increased awareness on these issues and help inform citizens, businesses and administrations of the risks involved in using the Internet and information systems and how to protect themselves against the threats;
  • Finally the ENISA will have a number of tasks involving risk assessment and risk management and it will follow the development in research and standardisation efforts in close collaboration with industry.
In general the work of ENISA will be built on a close co-operation with the business community as the private sector owns large parts of the networks and is the developer and user of the systems. The Member States and the Commission will all be represented in the Management board as well as members of industry and other stakeholders. In order to have the desired close involvement of the different stakeholders there will also be a “Permanent Stakeholders Group” to support the Executive Director of the Agency in his work.

Until the Heads of State and Government decide on the permanent seat of the Agency, it will be temporarily based in Brussels.


French Ministry's Forward Thinking on IPv6

I n conjunction with the opening of Networld+Interop Paris 2003 on 19 November, the French National IPv6 Task Force presented Claudie Haigneré, Minister for the department of Research and New Technologies in the French Ministry for Finance, Economy and Industry, its official recommendations for establishing a strategic plan to develop and deploy IPv6 technologies for the country.

French Minister for Research and New Technologies, Claudie Haigneré, who is fully supportive of the promotion of IPv6, responded very positively to the recommendations:

"Our ministry completely supports the promotion of IPv6 in France, hence the financing as well of the French IPv6 Task Force activities.  At the same

time, our national university and research network, RENATER, is currently carrying out deployment and innovation on IPv6 at the national as well as European level. We are also heartened by the fact that several leading French companies have been the engines for initiating European research programs on IPv6.  The Task Force's recommendations reinforce the guidelines I gave at CIGREF (meeting of the Information Technology Club of large French enterprises) 2002, calling for the progressive deployment of IPv6 to begin without delay. Therefore, we will certainly take into account the recommendations, to plan a migration of the State's public information services towards IPv6."


WSIS IPv6 Workshop

T he European IPv6 Task Force and the Internet Society have announced the Next Generation Internet (IPv6) Workshop , to be held within the framework of the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS), 9th December 2003 in Geneva.

The workshop aims to raise awareness on Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) as well as educate WSIS stakeholders, in particular Governments and civil society from both developed and developing nations, on the new Internet infrastructure and present the associated opportunities for non-profit and commercial entities alike. In particular, the workshop will challenge the various authorities concerned to start thinking about developing regulatory frameworks that would enable the exciting new possibilities to be transformed into real business opportunities.

The workshop will also present the current status of IPv6 deployment and report on on-going and future developments on both a regional and world-wide scale. Furthermore, the benefits and implications of IPv6 in network and information security and privacy will be addressed.

The link for on-line registration can be found on the web site itself.


v6 Application Initiative

I n recognition of the fact that IPv6 is evolving from a research to a commercial technology, the IPv6 Forum is now launching a v6 Application Initiative to promote compelling IPv6 applications. Under the leadership of Junaid Islam, who will serve as its first Director, it is the goal of the v6 Application Initiative to identify, catalogue and promote compelling v6 applications from all corners of the globe. Moreover by identifying the people behind the ideas it is the goal of the Forum to help spur collaboration and commercialisation between developers and deployers. The current plan is for Junaid to assemble an initial list of applications and have them ready for publication on our new web site by next year.


EU-Russian Science and Technology Co-operation

P ress Release - Brussels 6th Nov, 2003:
EU and Russia sign renewed science and technology co-operation agreement

The European Union and the Russian Federation will step up joint efforts in science and technology, by signing a new Agreement on co-operation for Science and Technology (S&T) during the EU-Russia summit in Rome today. This agreement is key to ensuring the participation of Russian scientists in the EU Sixth Research Framework Programme (FP6 2002-2006). The previous EU-Russia scientific co-operation agreement entered into force in May 2001 and expired on 31 December 2002.

The new agreement is based on the principles of mutual benefit, reciprocal opportunities for participation in each other's S&T programmes and activities covered by the agreement, non-discrimination, effective protection of intellectual property and equitable sharing of intellectual property rights (IPRs). The agreement will lead to common research efforts in fields such as biomedicine and health, the environment and climate, including earth observation, non-nuclear energy, information society technologies, social sciences, and training and mobility of scientists.

Research Networks

A happy song for CANARIE

P ress Release - Montreal, QC 21 October, 2003. New Money will keep Canadian Researchers on the Cutting Edge of Advanced Network Applications

CANARIE launches $4 million CA*net 4 Advanced Applications Program (AAP) - CANARIE President and CEO Andrew Bjerring announced today $4 million in funding for the CA*net 4 Advanced Applications Program (AAP). Researchers from across Canada are invited to submit project proposals for the development of advanced applications in a number of areas including network research, advanced network and applications security, and distributed or grid computing. During the keynote speech at CANARIE's 9th annual Advanced Network Workshop Dr. Bjerring said,

"Our Advanced Applications Program will help Canada remain at the forefront of advanced network research and application development. With the support of Industry Canada, we are able to provide researchers with the tools and funding they need to deliver the social, cultural and economic benefits of advanced networks and applications to Canadians."

Project proposals will be evaluated by a peer review committee made up of members from industry, research and education and selected through a competitive process and reviewed relative to a set of mandatory criteria.

Further information concerning the CA*net 4 AAP - including program guidelines, project selection criteria, eligible costs and a detailed description of the application process - may be found at .


News from the Projects

At home with a IPv6 enabled wireless network
Moving about the house operating domestic appliances, checking the garage surveillance camera while being home entertained - such a sci-fi scenario seems to require a multitasking complexity far beyond current capacity. Nevertheless, FUTURE HOME is developing a wireless network solution to transform the living room into ground control.

PKI interoperability critical to future of e-commerce
E-commerce enabling technologies such as Public Key Infrastructures (PKI) are often held back by practical difficulties such as the inability of different vendors' products to exchange security information without expensive and time-consuming manual intervention. The IST project PKI Challenge targets this very interoperability issue.

Searching the Grid for chemical compounds
The quest for new chemical compounds is being aided by the use of Grid computers - interconnected computers spread over a wide geographical area. These are used to perform massive analytical functions through a Grid application developed IST-funded project OpenMolGrid.

Food for Thought

For the Diary



2 Close of GEANT call: - 17:00 hrs!!!!

IST 2003

2 - 4 IST 2003: The Opportunities Ahead Milan , Italy


6 - 10 Second Russian Global IPv6 Summit Yaroslavl , Russia


8 - 9 Photonex03 Exhibition Stoneleigh Park , UK


10 Information Day on the Virtual Internet and Telecommunications Laboratory of Switzerland (VITELS) Bern , Switzerland


12 - 18 ITU Telecom World 2003 Geneva , Switzerland


16 The management of Sixth Framework Integrated Projects Brussels , Belgium


20 - 22 Kuala Lumpur IPv6 Summit 2003 Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia


15 Close of IST Call 2: - 17:00 hrs!!!!


22 - 23 Broadcast and Telecom Synergy/Convergence (BTSC) 2003 Symposium - Enriching Digital Radio & Television and Keeping UMTS’ Promises Metz , France


27 - 29 Cracow 3rd Grid Workshop Cracow , Poland

Home Networks

27 - 31 Net atHome Event 2003 Cannes , France


29 BELNET Grid Computing workshop Brussels , Belgium


3 - 5 RSA Conference 2003 Amsterdam , Netherlands


4 - 6 NATO Symposium - Interoperable Networks for Secure Communications The Hague , Netherlands


6 - 7 HEAnet National Networking Conference Kilkenny , Ireland


19 - 21 NetWorld+Interop 2003 Paris , France


20 The INTERNET in 2004: Safe or just safer? - an INHOPE initiative Berlin , Germany

Research Infrastructure

20 International Conference on Research Infrastructures: Centres of exchange, training and excellence for the European Research Area Trieste , Italy


2 The European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) second annual conference: The Broadband Revolution takes shape Brussels , Belgium


3 Tokyo Global IPv6 SUMMIT Tokyo , Japan


2 - 5 Deploying IPv6 Networks Conference 2003 Paris , France


8 - 11 US Global IPv6 SUMMIT Arlington, VA , USA


9 Workshop on eInfrastructures (Internet and Grids) Rome , Italy


9 New Internet (IPv6) Workshop World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) - Side Event Geneva , Switzerland


10 - 12 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Geneva , Switzerland
January, 2004


1 Ireland to take presidency of the European Council


9 IPv6 Day at Consumer Electronics Show Las Vegas, Nevada , USA


12 - 14 Australia IPv6 Conference Adaleide , Australia


15 - 16 Global IPv6 Service Launch Event Brussels , Belgium


20 - 23 GLOBUSWORLD 2004 San Francisco , CA, USA


28 - 30 BANGALORE Global IPv6 SUMMIT Bangalore , India


9 - 12 The 10th meeting of the Global Grid Forum Berlin , Germany


24 - 26 EuroIndia 2004 New Delhi , India

Please note that the contents of this newsletter do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the European Commission, except where explicitly stated