CZ.NIC Association, EURid, and NIX.CZ Support World IPv6 Day with Professional Conference

Prague, 15 May 2012 – To commemorate this year’s second World IPv6 Day on 6 June, the CZ.NIC Association together with EURid, the maintainer of the .eu domain, and NIX.CZ, the operator of the largest Czech neutral IXP, will organise a professional conference on this new Internet protocol. This meeting, titled IPv6 Day, will take place at the National Technical Library in Dejvice, Prague with the active participation of representatives of operators, the government, academia, or for example domain registrars, who will evaluate their experience with the implementation of IPv6 and the current progress of its introduction in the Czech Republic.

“It is certain that after Asia, Europe will be the second region where IPv4 address blocks will be used up. Current estimates predict this to happen before the end of this year. The transition to Internet protocol version 6 is, however, becoming an increasingly hotter topic for other regions as well. This is also reflected in the fact that the initiative for holding a World IPv6 Day originated with companies such as Google and Facebook. Because we fully share the sentiment behind the event, we have decided to join it, along with our partners. Together with the EURid and NIX.CZ associations, we have been supporting the transition to IPv6 for a long time, trying to actively involve as many entities affected by IPv6 in the Czech Republic as possible,” said the Executive Director of the CZ.NIC Association Ondřej Filip.

The objective of the single-day conference on this topic is to raise awareness of the approaching end of IPv4 and promote an early transition to IPv6. The meeting is intended for professionals from the Internet community, journalists, and students, as well as ordinary users of the Internet. During the course of the conference, there will be presentations on news related to IPv6, the situation in the state administration, the introduction of IPv6 in the .eu domain, and experience with pilot projects in the Vodafone network, among others. The conference will also include a presentation evaluating the state of IPv6 support in home routers and a panel discussion with representatives of Telefónica, Seznam.cz, UPC, and T-Mobile. More information including the programme and registration form is available at www.nic.cz/ipv6day. Admission is CZK 200.

The media partners of the conference are Root.cz (main media partner), Lupa.cz, Connect.cz, AbcLinuxu.cz, ITbiz, and Seznam.cz. The product partner is the CZC e-shop.

About the CZ.NIC Association

A special interest association of legal entities, CZ.NIC was founded by leading providers of Internet services in 1998 and currently has 101 members. The main activities of the association are the operation of the .CZ and 0.2.4.e164.arpa (ENUM) domain registries, operation of the top-level domain .CZ, and raising awareness of domain names. The association is currently working intensively on expanding DNSSEC technology and the mojeID service, on the development of the system of domain administration, and on the support of new technologies and projects beneficial to the Internet infrastructure in the Czech Republic. CZ.NIC is a member of the EURid association, which administers the European domain .EU, and of other international organisations with a similar focus (CENTR, ccNSO, etc.). More information about the CZ.NIC Association can be found at www.nic.cz.

About the .eu domain and the EURid association

The .eu Internet domain is one of the largest top-level domains in the world, bringing together 500 million people in the 27 member countries of the EU in a single Internet identity. Since 2005, when the domain was opened for registration, over three million .eu domain names have been claimed. Many companies use .eu domain websites to clearly express their European identity, such as Bridgestone, Century 21, Hyundai, MAN Group, Microsoft Corporation, and UniCredit Group.

EURid is a non-profit organisation appointed by the European Commission to maintain the top-level .eu Internet domain. The EURid association collaborates with over 850 accredited registrars and provides support in the 23 official languages of the EU. In addition to its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, the association has regional offices in Pisa (Italy), Prague (Czech Republic), and Stockholm (Sweden). More information is available at www.eurid.eu.

About the NIX.CZ association

The special interest association of legal entities NIX.CZ is an organisation uniting Czech as well as foreign providers of Internet services for the sake of interconnecting their networks. Currently, the association is the largest neutral IXP (Internet Exchange Point) in the Czech Republic and ranks among the ten biggest IXPs in Europe. Thorough planning, an inventive technical solution, and technical support on a 24/7/365 basis ensure the flawless operation of the exchange point. Since 2003, the organisation has been supporting peering by means of the IPv6 protocol. More information at www.nix.cz.