RIPE NCC and Communications Regulatory Authority in Qatar Conducts Workshop for IPv6 Implementation

Doha, Qatar – 19 May 2016: In line with Qatar’s Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) Implementation Strategy, the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), in collaboration with the Réseaux IP Européens Network Co-ordination Centre (RIPE NCC), has conducted a technical training workshop from 16 – 18 May 2016 in Doha, Qatar.

The objective of the three-day IPv6 workshop was to build participants’ technical capacities to accommodate applications and services related to IPv6, and to ensure a smooth transition to the latest version within the coming years.

Developed by the CRA’s Qatar Domains Registry, the strategy emphasises the adoption of IPv6 as essential to satisfy the growing demand for IP address space in Qatar and the rest of the world, as it is an important part of an advanced ICT infrastructure to support Qatar’s rapid economic, cultural and social development.

Attended by Internet Service Providers (ISPs), government entities, educational institutions and private companies, the IPv6 workshop was delivered by experts from the RIPE NCC who have extensive expertise in IPv6 transition and deployment.

“Adopting IPv6 is vital for increasing Qatar’s IP address capacity within the ICT sector and to maintain Qatar’s ability to communicate effectively with the rest of the world via the Internet,” CRA spokesperson Faisal al-Shuaibi said. “CRA workshops such as these help build national competencies in Internet resource management and by actively engaging with key stakeholders in the local Internet community, we encourage them to play their part in the implementation of IPv6.”

RIPE NCC’s external relations director Paul Rendek said: “We are enthusiastic about empowering the local community, which comes within our strategic partnership with CRA in Qatar. The training course provides technical people in Doha with a unique opportunity to become experts in IPv6 and support real knowledge exchange, which can be translated into positive gains in terms of capacity and talent building”.