Saturday, March 5, 2011

CICT Issued IRR On IPv6 Deployment

Click here to see copy of IRR.
The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Executive Order (E.O.) No. 893 Promoting the Deployment and Use of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) was issued by the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT). Covered by CICT Memorandum Circular No. 01 signed by Chairman Ivan John Uy, the E.O. and its IRR are necessary in light of the impending worldwide migration from Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) to IPv6. The memorandum circular instructed all government online services to be IPv6-compliant two years after E.O. takes effect and to have an IPv6 migration plan in their Information System Strategic Plans. Moreover, government agencies will be forbidden to procure IPv4-only equipment, software and services after 2013.

E.O. No. 893 was issued in the last days of the previous administration to encourage the use of IPv6 since exhaustion of IPv4 threatens to deter investments in Internet-based infrastructure, applications and services. IPv6 responds to the problem of IPv4 exhaustion. With IPv6, every mobile phone and computer that has access to the Internet can be given unique IP address. With the rise in the number of gadgets and users, the old system of addressing networked devices can no longer cope with the requirement.

In order to ensure the smooth implementation of E.O. No. 893, the IRR on the deployment of IPv6 provides for the creation of Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) which shall be composed of the Chairman of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) as Head and Senior Level Officials from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and private sector representatives as members.

Also, to assist the IATF in its functions, an Inter-Agency Technical Working Group (IATWG) was mandated to be organized as provided by the IRR. The IATWG will be composed of the of representatives from CICT, NTC, DOST, DBM, DTI, DND as well as representatives from the private sector, which includes among others Business Process Association of the Philippines (BPAP), Chief Information Officers Forum (CIOF), Federation of International Cable TV Association of the Philippines (FICAP), I-Café Pilipinas, Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP), Internet Society (ISOC) Philippines, Information Technology Association of the Philippines (ITAP), Philippine Cable TV Association (PCTA), Philippine Chamber of Telecommunications Organization (PCTO) and Philippine Electronics and Telecommunications Federation (PETEF).

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