SWITCH IPv6 Service
IPv6 is the new version of the Internet Protocol (IP) and is supposed to eventually replace the current IP (version 4), which has been in operation for more than twenty years.
Since June 2004, our SWITCHlan backbone has been fully "dual-stack", supporting IPv4 and IPv6 in parallel over the same links and using the same routers. Existing SWITCH network customers (mainly universities, schools of higher education, and some research laboratories) can get IPv6 connectivity through us at no extra cost.
We have been a partner in the 6NET, IST project between January 2002 and December 2004. As part of this project, native IPv6 connectivity has been established between the participating National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). The project successfully tested technologies such as IPv6 Multicast, which was subsequently introduced on the GÉANT production network.