Its Nepalese bad habits that they never initiate by themselves for the innovation as well as solving of any problem within the countries. This is the scenarios from Nepalese politics to every other sector where let non-Nepalese solve our problem. Prithvi Narayan Shah said that “ NEPAL DUI(2) DHUNGA BICHKO TARULA HO”, instead our famous artist Manoj Gajurel said: “NEPAL DUI (2) TARUL BICH KO DHUNGA HO”. I really appreciate with Manoj Gajurel with this famous quotation ha ha. And it’s the reality. If we look at the policits, technology, economy, education bla blab la…everything…our side by countries is far ahead.
Technologies enter very late in Nepal. Nepalese follow the technologies only after other countries implement earlier (4/5 yrs before). This is obvious because we Nepalese are poor in every sector. Electricity, education, technology, politics but proudly to say we are very ahead in doing strike…:P. it’s my fault, it’s your fault, its his/her fault, it’s all Nepalese faults that we want to do nothing or we can’t do anything even if we try it. Might be it’s a situation or condition of Nepal that we always in dilemma.
Its been five years since I have been operating IPv6 network in Tribhuvan University Nepal under AI3/SOI-ASIA (http://soi.ioe.edu.np) project, WIDE University. The project’s major objective is sharing/transferring the knowledge Asia-wide and world-wide with the latest internet technology (IPv6 Network Infrastructure). We always talk about how to spread the technology and education within the countries through this project on every Bi-Annual Meeting. However, I am not fulfilling those what I want. I have to say “its my mistake”. First time we have implemented IPv6-Network in Nepal (2007 continuing initiating from 2005 after TU became the SOI partner) via its university research network from AI3 Project. Center for Information Technology (CIT) IOE Pulchowk campus has its IPv6-only Network where online classes are conducting almost daily via SOI (School on the Internet) project(www.soi.asia). But it remains as it is. No more extension. With my Five years working experience over IPv6 network (consists of IPv6 servers and routers), I came into some level of confidence to extend IPv6 over Nepalese backbone network. But unfortunately there is no any government backbone network I found. However there are some private practices for the research network (http://www.nren.net.np) establishment in Nepal. Almost Nepalese ISPs are directly connected with outside network. It is recommended to have government backbone network with secure gateway so that Nepal could be the transit network. Making Nepal as ICT transit point is the objective of IT-policy 2057. Are there any activities to fulfill that objective? Of course we heard the optic fiber network from Nepal<>Khasa (china). East-west optical fiber network and optical connectivity with India. These all initiated by Nepal Telecom, the leading company of Nepal. Nepal Telecom is going to implement NGN starting with this year from its network. But what about IPv6 Implementation. No problem, we can implement NGN over ipv4 network however future of the internet addressing is IPv6 where all the NGN services can only be fulfilled with new addressing mechanism.
IANA already announced the address space exhaustion (http://www.potaroo.net/tools/ipv4/index.html) with IPv4 and by 2011 there won’t be IPv4 address any more. (http://ipv6.he.net/statistics/ ,IPv4 exhaustion report). In this scenario, it is the time for Nepal to have activities for the IP issues. India, china, Pakistan ….and all other countries have already planned to move to IPv6 infrastructure with the formation of IPv6 task force. (http://ipv6forum.org.in/).
Activities of IPv6 task force India
· Liaison with members of the national and international community to spread awareness of IPv6 in the areas of technology, policy and business.
· Arrange summits and awareness events periodically.
· Share new developments with the members and community, through locally hosted resources.
· Encourage showcasing of IPv6 deployment and interoperability, including applications.
· Identify and drive projects in IPv6 product development.
· Promote India as a solutions provider for IPv6 services.
· Align with the activities of the international Forum.
Pakistan IPv6 Task Force (Pkv6TF)
The Pakistan IPv6 Task Force (Pkv6TF) is dedicated to the advancement and propagation of IPv6 (Internet Protocol, version 6) in the Pakistan. Comprised of individual members, rather than corporate sponsors, the Pkv6TF mission is to provide technical leadership and innovative thought for the successful integration of IPv6 into all facets of networking and telecommunications infrastructure, present and future. Through its continued facilitation of technical and business case whitepapers, IPv6-centric conferences & seminars, IPv6 test bed and IPv6 deployment readiness guides, the Pkv6TF will strive to be the guiding force for IPv6 adoption and readiness in the Pakistan region.
In this context, it is the time for Nepal government to think about IPv6 task force. Then who is responsible on it? HLCIT or NCIT??? Right now I am currently working on NTA where I am expecting to work on ICT and Telcom QoS control. High Level Commission for Information Technology (HLCIT) is the government policy making body to enhance ICT sector of Nepal. Under HLCIT, National Information Technology Center (NITC) is the executive body. In last 2009, HLCIT chairman had briefly took suggestions with me to have IPv6 initiative in Nepal. As being an experienced IPv6 operator, I had committed with my capacity to him regarding IPv6 implementation in Nepal. I have googled about the IPv6 status in Nepal. Till this date, I could found nothing activities for IPv6 Implementation. Instead I got some commenting mails regarding the establishment of IPv6 forum and taskforce in Nepal.
Mr. Latif Ladid, Chair, European IPv6 Task Force and President, IPv6 FORUM, is quite interested to form IPv6 forum in Nepal and let help Nepal in IPv6 implementation through global IPv6 forum.
Should Nepal government say “ let ISPs migrate the network by themselves without any guideline or do whatever they want? Or lets build an IPv6 taskforce under Nepal government and include all ISPs encourage to implement IPv6 in Nepal. I hope HLCIT (as an ICT policy maker) will take short initiative as soon as possible to implement IPv6 in Nepal. International Telecommunication Union has also maintained the activity sites regarding the IPv6 (http://www.itu.int/net/ITU-T/ipv6/activities.aspx).
i hope Nepal Government will soon proceed for deployment of IPv6 in Nepal. As a concerned professional, i am always in support from my capacity to implement IPv6 in Nepal.