Pre-2016 Press Releases 1 December 2011

Internet Engineering Task Force, World’s Premier Internet Standards Development Organization, Holds Meeting in Taipei

Convenes international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers

Internet Protocol v6 of critical importance to the future of the Internet

[Taipei, 14 November 2011] The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the pre-eminent standards development organization for the Internet, is meeting 13-18 November 2011 at the Taipei International Convention Center. Hosted by the Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC), the event brings together more than 1,000 network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. This is the first time that the IETF has held its meeting in Taipei.

The mission of the IETF is to make the Internet work better by producing high-quality, relevant technical documents that influence the way people design, use, and manage the Internet. During the week-long event in Taipei, IETF Working Groups will address some of the most demanding technical challenges and opportunities facing the Internet.

“The IETF is delighted to meet in Taipei and bring together approximately 100 working groups for face-to-face meetings on Internet standards,” said Russ Housley, IETF Chairman. “Over the years, the IETF has experienced strong participation from Asia and we continue to see a growing number of Internet engineers participating in the IETF meetings to share their interests and experience in supporting the Internet’s technical innovation and development.”

One area of significant importance is the deployment of IPv6, the next generation Internet protocol. Developed by the IETF, IPv6 is critical to the global Internet’s continued growth. The world’s Internet-using population is reaching the capacity of the current version, IPv4, and some regions have already introduced austerity measures for allocating IPv4 addresses. Asia’s IPv4 address allocation is nearly fully allocated as the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), one of the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) that distributes IP addresses, announced in April 2011 that it reached the final /8 IPv4 address block.

The Taiwan IPv6 Project Office was founded in 1993 to deploy IPv6 in the academic, governmental, and industrial networks. The Taiwan Academic Network (TANet) has comprehensively deployed the IPv4/IPv6 dual stack, and all schools are IPv6 deployed. It is expected that the governmental network will complete its IPv6 deployment within the next 2 years, playing a key role in leading the industry in the deployment of IPv6.

“To guide all of the industries in Taiwan to accelerate their transfer to IPv6 networks is a current focus,” said Shian-Shyong Tseng, the Chairman of the Taiwan Network Information Center, who is also the head of the Taiwan IPv6 Program Office. “The development of IPv6 is a global trend, and grasping the opportunities of developing IPv6 can continue to create competitive advantage for Taiwan’s IT industry,” added Tseng.

“The Internet Society has long been dedicated to supporting the deployment of IPv6,” said Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society. “Many years ago, the IETF identified the need for IPv6 and developed the IPv6 standards in an open, collaborative process to ensure a solution to the inevitable depletion of IPv4 addresses. Today, the need for IPv6 deployment is more critical than ever in order to support the billions of new Internet users expected from emerging economies, and the rapid growth in new applications and mobile devices.”

About the Internet Engineering Task Force

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is the Internet’s premier technical standards body. It gathers a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. For more information, see:


The TWNIC is a neutral and non-profit organization that takes responsibility for country code top level domain name registration and IP address allocation in Taiwan. Besides offering full range network services, the TWNIC participates in various related international conferences, bridging Taiwan’s Internet community and global Internet community. TWNIC works with a variety of communities to promote the Internet use and application through public participation and constant improvement. For more information, see:

About the Internet Society

The Internet Society is the world’s trusted independent source of leadership for Internet policy, technology standards, and future development. Based on its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society works with its members and Chapters around the world to promote the continued evolution and growth of the open Internet through dialog among companies, governments, and other organizations around the world. For more information, see:

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