NASS Responsible For Nigeria’s Late Adoption of IPv6


Ever imagined that Nigeria has not fully evolved into Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) solely because of the National Assembly (NASS)? This is the take of Chris Uwaje, the Director General of Delta State Innovation Hub (DS-HUB). Uwaje has blamed the late adoption of the IPv6 on the country’s law formulation body – the National Assembly.

According to a ThisDay report, Uwaje, while speaking on the danger of the current global cyberspace war, said that “very soon, IPv6 will become the absolute prefix to the internet and Nigeria/African nations must take advantage of this awesome opportunity by advancing IPv6 strategic plans,”

You will recall that according to a global e-Readiness result released in 2016, Nigeria currently ranks 119 out of 139 countries surveyed on the global scale. In view of this, Uwaje had noted that the country’s “Policy makers are late comers to emergence of new technologies, and their inconsistent policies have deprived Nigeria from early adoption of IPv6, describing the situation as national leadership challenge that must be urgently addressed.

In his remarks, he said the lack of inclusiveness strategy on the part of the lawmakers, has created huge gap and disconnect between the government, the industry and the academia. This situation he said, has resulted in the limited capacities and capabilities of service providers to timely engage the challenges.

Uwaje, who was a former President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), has called for increased public awareness to bridge the gap by creating an uninformed user community and stakeholders group that will meet regularly on ICT research, development, and funding that will boost local content capabilities. He further noted that “our national ICT vision and mission should be focused on software engineering and innovation development to ensure national ICT competitiveness and future survivability.”

On a global scale, the adoption of IPv6 has been in progress since the mid-2000s. By 2011, all major operating systems in use on personal computers and server systems had production-quality IPv6 implementations. Year 2017 saw an upward scaling of this adoption, according to a Google statistics, measured across its chrome browser.

Nigeria currently has an internet penetration rate at a staggering 28.4%. Internet stakeholders in the country therefore needs to do more for better penetration and adoption of the IPv6.

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the most recent version of the Internet Protocol (IP), which is a communication protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the Internet. IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to deal with the long-anticipated problem of the predecessor IPv4. IPv6 is intended to replace IPv4.

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