Think IPv6, Think Mobile. IPv6 is the 6th version of IP addresses that are highly compatible with
next-generation technology like mobile phones, cloud-enabled technologies, applications, platforms and more. (IPv6 is more compatible with mobile networks) IPv6 offers limitless IPs for the future of the internet to go on for many years, unlike IPv4.
Back in 2016, Apple, the largest mobile phone manufacturer advised all developers to submit only IPv6 compatible Apps on the App Store, which also migrated from IPv4 to IPv6. (IPv6 is more compatible with mobile networks ) So, you have an iPhone or an Android Mobile with a 4g mobile connection (eligible for 5g mobile connection) which means you are already using IPv6 and so are millions of end-users.
Apart from the major phone manufacturers, mobile networks to have to make sure they are providing IPv6 connections to the end-users since IPv6 is a default protocol for 4G/LTE and 5G (5th Generation communication)
mobile networks as well as for the super expansion of IoT (Internet of Things) devices.
IPv6 uses small cells that means it provides direct internet connection and helps IoT devices with a simple yet efficient connection, unlike IPv4 that requires translation (NAT – Network Address Translation) that is not only complicated but also burdens with a lot of workaround for the administrators.
Will 5g use IPv6?
If we elaborate on the necessity of IPv6 for 5G communication:
1. 5G is much faster, easily scalable, with higher capacity and higher frequency range of 3 GHz to 30 GHz than 4G, its predecessor.
2. It can support IoT devices way better with an IPv6 since interoperability between IoT devices is established due to its multi-protocol qualities.
3. IPv6 has built-in IP security which means 5G connected devices will have better security.
4. Think 5G is Bugatti Veyron super sports car and IPv6 is the super engine – 8.0 L V16, which makes it the fastest car in the world!!! So imagine the combination of IPv6 and 5G for the next generation communication will do for a business and their end-users!!!
You can even say that 5G is highly dependable on IPv6 for it to be successful. So, why is your business still on IPv4? How do you contemplate keeping in touch with customers who are using 5g phones on IPv6-only internet connection? For you to have a clearer picture, you can also read more on the difference between IPv4 and IPv6 and IPv4 vs IPv6 on our FAQ page.
Many mobile networks have already adopted IPv6, like Verizon, Reliance Jio, AT&T Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile and more. Some have also deployed Dual-Stack, where IPv4 and IPv6 run together and also some have deployed IPv6 only.
It is the right time for businesses to weigh the pros and cons of IPv4 vs IPv6 in computer networks and other infrastructure they possess and the impact IPv6 will make to the future growth of the business. Once you understand the
IPv4 and IPv6 difference, you will be able to decide on adopting IPv6 for your business.
Alpha InfoLab, an official broker and facilitator of IPv4 addresses also provides Dual-Stack solutions for businesses. However, if you still have queries, do connect with our IP experts, who will guide you through the entire process.