By By David P. GreismanBy The Associated PressAUSTRALIA: AUSTRALIAS top ISP, iiNet, says it is shifting to IPv4, following a global trend towards IPv6 deployment.
A spokesperson for iiNet told The Australian Financial Review that the company will roll out IPv6 to its 2.3 million Australian subscribers starting in the coming months.
The move to IPv5 will help keep the network in operation longer.
It is one of the biggest moves in the industry, as most other internet companies have switched to IPv3.
The move will also mean the end of a contentious policy dispute between iiNet and Telstra, which are trying to convince regulators that it is in the public interest to move away from IPv4.
As a result, Telstra and iiNet have been locked in a protracted legal battle.
After the launch of IPv6, Telnet has since announced that it will start deploying IPv6 for some of its customers, but iiNet says the switch is not yet ready for prime time.
It says it will wait for Telstra to complete the rollout before it starts deploying the new IPv6 standard.
The switch will also be a boon for users who live in the US and the UK.
In both countries, iiNets service is now offered over IPv6.
In the US, iinet’s customers are able to access the service over the new standard through the ISP’s US portal, although they will need to pay extra to access services from the European gateway.
However, it is not clear if other ISPs in the United States will follow suit.
When asked about the future of IPv4 in Australia, iiinet said that it would be making announcements soon on the subject.
“As soon as we get more information we’ll be able to share with you,” the spokesperson said.
Earlier this year, ii net announced that its Australian network would be switching to IPv7, the new protocol used in the home.
That move has attracted criticism from many users, who argue that it has increased the cost of internet services.
A number of internet service providers in Australia have also switched to the new version of IPv8, and iinet has also announced that they will start using IPv6 as well.