Czech Cities and Municipalities Lagging Behind in Implementation of IPv6 Protocol
Prague, 5 June 2012 – Most cities and municipalities in the Czech Republic are not adequately prepared for the transition to the new Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6). Only 15 of the 205 major cities and municipalities (with extended competence) – or just 7.3% – have IPv6-ready web services. Such are the findings of an analysis by the CZ.NIC Association, the maintainer of the .CZ national domain. A total of 245 public administration bodies were examined in depth in the study. The state of IPv6 implementation in the Czech Republic will be the focus of tomorrow’s conference entitled IPv6 Day, with presentations by Czech operators, and representatives of the government, academia, or domain registrars. The date of IPv6 Day coincides with the global World IPv6 Launch event.
According to the survey by the CZ.NIC Association, more than a third of all ministries and one half of central government authorities are prepared for the arrival of the new protocol. They will be joined tomorrow by 12 Czech towns – Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, Hodonín, Jihlava, Kladno, Milevsko, Neratovice, Přelouč, Slaný, Valašské Klobouky, Votice, Vsetín, and Vyškov, the websites of which will also be accessible over IPv6. The CZ.NIC study also noted inadequate support in the e-mail servers of these institutions. Only six cities, two regional offices, and four central government authorities have mail servers that are fully compatible with IPv6. The analysis also shows the level of readiness of the DNS servers of the individual authorities, as this is one of the conditions determining web service accessibility over IPv6.
IPv6 readiness of individual elements of the information systems of state administration
“Efforts to ensure the availability of all electronic services of the public administration over IPv6 is one of the key tasks for the coming period. In accordance with a government regulation, all ministries and central authorities should demand this technology in public procurement,” said Ondřej Filip, Executive Director of the CZ.NIC Association.
In its efforts to promote the readiness of the Czech Internet environment for IPv6, the CZ.NIC Association offers practical courses on IPv6 implementation and technical support in its academy. For representatives of public authorities, these services are provided free of charge thanks to the GEN6 European project. The first course for civil servants was held in early May; another is planned for 21 June.
About the GEN6 Project
The objective of the GEN6 (Governments ENabled with IPv6) project, supported by the European Commission within the Competitiveness and Innovation framework programme (CIP ICT-PSP), is to help public administration in the transition of electronic services to the new version of the Internet protocol, IPv6. Eight countries of the European Union are participating in the project: Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, and the Czech Republic, along with Turkey. The Czech Republic is represented in the project by the CZ.NIC Association as well as the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Interior.