19December 2018

CRA Issues Guidelines to IPv6 Transition in Collaboration with Qatari Universities Leading in the ICT Field

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has collaborated with Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) and Qatar University (QU) to issue a handbook of guidelines and basics to implement an IPv6/IPv4 dual-stack. This is part of CRA’s initiative to support the IPv6 Taskforce in Qatar towards achieving a complete transition to IPv6.

The handbook includes the steps required to implement IPv6/IPv4 dual-stack in stakeholders’ networks, which can be customized to the organizations’ particular circumstances. The handbook also includes a checklist to clarify questions about dual stack implementation.

“CRA is pleased with this collaboration. Enabling IPv6 in Qatar will provide higher Internet security and will ensure Qatar readiness for all new upcoming next generation technologies such as Internet of Things, Connected Self-driving Vehicles and Virtual Reality. IPv6 will also continue to position Qatar as a leader for adapting all these advanced technologies in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 objectives,” said Eng. Abdulla Jassmi, Technical Affairs Department Manager, CRA.

“The handbook provides the stakeholders with a solid basis for the dual-stack implementation and CRA is always ready to support them in the IPv6 transition journey in order to achieve the main goal which is Qatar’s transition to a digital society,” he added.

“It was a pleasure to collaborate with CRA on this important national project and to contribute to the taskforce’s mission to transition to IPv6. Qatar University Research and Graduate Studies Office serves local and global communities by helping to solve challenges they face; and provide the underpinnings for a knowledge-based economy through knowledge dissemination and technology transfer,” said Shuja Ashfaq, Section Head of Network and Telecommunications, Qatar University.

“Qatar University is the first entity in Qatar, which has implemented IPv6 for more than 3 years in its infrastructure and will be pleased to share knowledge and experience with other IPv6 taskforce members. We look forward to achieve the desired benefits of the guidelines handbook and we would like to invite the taskforce to do the needed IPv6 tests in QU equipped labs,” he added.

Khalid Sarwar Warraich, Chief Information Officer of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, said: “CMU-Q is dedicated to Qatar’s digital future, and we are pleased to lend our expertise to the nation-wide transition to IPv6. This has been a fruitful and productive collaboration, and the handbook we have developed will provide stakeholders the tools to implement a dual-stacked IPv6/IPv4 environment efficiently and within the timeline. We would like to invite the taskforce to do the necessary IPv6 testing in the CMU-Q’s dual-stacked testbed.”

CRA recommended the IPv6/IPv4 dual-stack approach for a complete and seamless transition to IPv6 because of its flexibility and ease in configuration. It will not interrupt the existing IPv4 operating network, instead enabling every networking device, server, switch, router and firewall in an Internet Service Provider’s network to be configured with both IPv4 and IPv6 at the same time.

The CRA IPv6 Taskforce recently concluded its fourth bi-monthly meeting documenting the progress made by its stakeholders. CRA distributed copies of the handbook to the taskforce members.