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IPv6 14 July 2014

China Telecom Completes IPv6 Test On 4G LTE Network

Dan York
By Dan YorkDirector, Online Content

IPv6 BadgeBy way of a news release from ZTE Corporation we were pleased to read about China Telecom’s recent successful testing of IPv6 capabilities on its 4G/LTE network in the Hunan province of China.  Given that LTE has been a huge area of growth for IPv6 globally, such as the recent measurement of Verizon Wireless’ network as having over 50% IPv6 deployment, we certainly see LTE as one of the first ways that many people will receive IPv6 in a mobile environment.

Given that ZTE Corporation is a equipment vendor their news release naturally explains how they helped China Telecom, but overlooking the marketing for a moment there are some useful data points in the news release:

The comprehensive weeklong test involved trial users and covered IPv4/IPv6 single- and dual-stack services, billing systems and backend IT infrastructure systems, demonstrating China Telecom’s 4G LTE network to be IPv6-ready.

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As China Telecom rolls out 4G LTE services nationwide, IPv6 will help the operator manage the anticipated explosion in demand for new IP addresses. Becoming IPv6-ready is a key part of China Telecom’s plans for wider 4G LTE network deployments.

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This successful IPv6 test fully verified the IPv6/IPv4 dual-stack capabilities of China Telecom’s 4G LTE network in Hunan, laying a solid foundation for the operator’s plans for wider deployment of 4G and other next-generation services in the future.

All great to see.  Beyond a “test”, of course, we look forward to seeing the full deployment of IPv6 across China Telecom’s 4G LTE network!


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