Nokia announces switch to IPv6

With an increasing need for IP addresses, businesses are realising the need to upgrade, writes Antony Savvas

With an increasing need for IP addresses, businesses are realising the need to upgrade, writes Antony Savvas

Last month Nokia took the first step in building equipment for third generation mobile phone networks by announcing switching products that support the Internet standard IPv6.

IPv6 will eventually have to be adopted by all companies in their networks, because of the need for greater security and the fact that the number of IP addresses is mushrooming in response to the take-up of e-commerce.

At the moment, the majority of corporate systems work to IPv4, but, like telephone numbers, space eventually runs out in the networking world, and businesses need IPv6 to carry on growing.

In the corporate networking sector, Cisco is expected to be one of the main drivers in the oush to persuade companies to start re-evaluating their networks in preparation for the IPv6 protocol.

Nokia also announced Wap (Wireless Application Protocol) support for its Tetra wireless systems family.

Tetra is the wireless standard used by a number of emergency services, including police forces, and corporate users who need to communicate between workgroups (one call with a Tetra-enabled handset allows the user to speak to a number of others at the same time on the Tetra network).

Nokia says that with Wap support Tetra users would be offered quick data downloads in the style of the Wap wireless mark-up language.

A police officer, for instance, could use a Tetra handset to request personal details on a suspect or the ownership details of a car when out on patrol.

Nokia says the data would be presented in an easily readable format by appearing to be a cut-down version of the Internet.

Nokia predicts there will be more users accessing the Internet with mobile devices than those logging on to the Internet from fixed PCs, by 2003.

These two announcements could be perceived as stepping stones towards providing users with ubiquitous Internet access.

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