The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers will offer
a seven-week online course covering cable operators' migration to the
next-generation Internet Protocol, IPv6, developed in partnership with Cisco
The course -- "IPv6: Impact on Cable Networks" -- will
provide an overview of the capabilities and roles of IPv6 and DOCSIS 3.0 in the
cable-network management process. The SCTE said the course is designed for
cable engineers and technical professionals.
The current Internet Protocol version -- known as IPv4 --
provides 4.29 billion unique addresses. Those are expected to be depleted as
soon as the fall of 2011, according to the American Registry of Internet
Numbers. At that point, providers will be forced to begin more widely using IPv6,
which provides an astronomically large address space of 2 to the 128th power.
The SCTE's IPv6 course, expected to require between four and
six hours per week, will begin May 24. Registration through April 30 is $200
for SCTE members and $275 for non-members.
After April 30, the registration fee will be $250 for members and $325
for non-members. Registration and additional information is available at
Some cable operators have been preparing for the IPv6 change
for several years, including Comcast, which last summer demonstrated
"end-to-end network readiness" for the IPv6 transition at the North
American Network Operators Group's 46th meeting in Philadelphia.
Last month Comcast and the nonprofit Internet Systems
Consortium released open-source software designed to help Internet service
providers and their customers make the transition to IPv6. The cable operator
and ISC worked together for nearly five years on the Address Family Transition
Router (AFTR) software, https://www.isc.org/software/aftr which is part of a
technology that can let users access IPv4 content from their legacy IPv4
devices and applications over an IPv6 network.
Networking-systems vendors also have been peddling
IPv4-to-IPv6 solutions, including Cisco.