LACNIC 27: Key Debates on the Future of the Internet and IPv6 Deployment in the Region

27/04/2017

More than 80% of the region’s network operators have already received IPv6 space and half of them can already handle IPv6 traffic.

LACNIC will soon be holding its 27th meeting during which the following topics will be discussed: IPv6 implementation success stories in the LAC region, the final stage of IPv4 exhaustion, progress made by Latin American and Caribbean Internet exchange points, and major threats to cybersecurity. This meeting will take place in Foz do Iguaçu from May 22 to 26.

With more than 700 confirmed participants from more than 30 Latin American and Caribbean countries, the LACNIC 27 meeting will also address emerging trends in technology and their impact on the future development of the Internet over the next ten years, as well as women’s participation in Information Technologies with a panel especially devoted to this topic.

One of the critical aspects of the Foz do Iguaçu meeting will be accelerating IPv6 deployment after IPv4 exhaustion at a time when the region has reached an Internet penetration rate of 59.6%. According to the latest information available on 31st March, the Latin American and Caribbean community has already reached 385 million users, having incorporated 40 million new users over the past year (Internet World Stats, http://www.internetworldstats.com/).

The IPv6 protocol is key not only to foster the development of the Internet of Things throughout the region, but also because it is a vital tool for connecting 40% of Latin Americans who do not yet have access to the Internet. There are 255 million users and only 4 million IPv4 addresses, so IPv6 is essential for any project aimed at providing access to such communities.

Consequently, as expected, a large part of the analyses and debates in Foz do Iguaçu will focus on IPv6 deployment. The meeting will include a panel to discuss successful IPv6 deployment stories in the region, with examples in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. The panel will also discuss the IPv6 Challenge created to distinguish projects which have promoted the implementation of this protocol. There will also be a session to present the Jim Bound Award to institutions or companies of the LACNIC service region that have reached certain IPv6 traffic levels.

According to research conducted by LACNIC, at least nine countries of the region already have more than 1% of their traffic over IPv6: Guatemala, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Trinidad Tobago, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.

Women and the future. LACNIC 27 will specifically address the role of women in Latin American and Caribbean organizations, while international experts will present on “The Internet of the Future” and try to visualize the impact of the network over the next 10 years.

The Foz do Iguaçu meeting will feature the first participation of Göran Marby, ICANN’s new CEO, in a LACNIC event.

In addition, the first regional anti-abuse group formed by LACNIC, LACNOG and M3AAWG will be officially presented. During the Policy Forum, participants will discuss five proposals for modifying the policies currently in force. New Policy Forum Co-Chair Paola Pérez of Venezuela will be the first woman to serve in this role.

The full program of the event is available at http://www.lacnic.net/en/web/eventos/lacnic27

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