As of last week, the Kyrgyz National Information Technology Center is home to the first IPv6 lab in the Central Asian region. Donated by Cisco, the lab helps train IT specialist in Kyrgyzstan on next generation internet protocol (IPv6) technologies.
Due to the spectacular growth in the adoption of the Internet and Internet-based technologies worldwide, public IP address space is becoming increasingly scarce. IPv6 will enable the expansion of the Internet to all people and appliances in the world.
Cisco’s Bert Habraken handed over the lab’s networking and communication equipment to Mr. Amangeldi Muraliev, first deputy prime minister of the Kyrgyz Republic (standing in the center of the picture). “The opening of a regional laboratory is a significant event and an important step forward,” first deputy prime minister Muraliev said.
The new IPv6 lab in Bishkek is an integral part of an international network of IPv6 training and research facilities. It is connected to the IPv6 lab operated by RENATER, the French national research network in Paris, as well as to similar centers in Mauritius, Kenya, Slovenia, Georgia, India and Bulgaria. Through this network of IPv6 labs, Internet experts, including academics, government administrators and telecom specialists can be trained both on-site and through virtual access and get ready for the adoption of IPv6.