The IP addresses in the current IPv4 format are rapidly being used up. IPv4 is also less secure than its impending replacement.
In the US, companies aiming to work for the government are expected to supply systems compliant with IPv6. The EC is now launching international IPv6 testing systems to enable a similar compliance with member states.
The EC's Erkki Liikanen, who is responsible for enterprise and the information society, said, "With the deployment of IPv6 across global research and education networks, we are expanding the scope of the internet."
IPv6 is seen as essential if users are to be given a permanent IP address for devices such as 3G mobile phones.