The Next Generation Internet Protocol

IPv6 is the next generation international communication protocol for packet switched networks. IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to deal with the depletion of the IPv4 addressing space and to foster global innovation. IPv6 is rich with new features and benefits that will provide value to the cable operators and MSOs during their transition. The evolution of IPv6 provides end-to-end global addressing, simplified packet header, auto configuration and improve support for mobility. 

Benefits of IPv6

IPv6 provides 96 more bits of addressing space than IPv4. IPv6 is a 128 bit or 16 byte - 39 character hexadecimal address as compared to IPv4 which is a 32 bit or 4 bytes of decimal address.

How big is IPv6? There are 340 trillion, trillion, trillion (undecillion) addresses or 3.4x10^38 addresses. That’s 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 IPv6 addresses. That is 

48,909,254,989,728,775,223,940,766,262 addresses per person on the plant!

Test your IPv6 connectivity here.

Want to learn more? SCTE can help.

IPv6: Impact on Cable Networks (Self-Paced Online)

This course is delivered online over a period of 8 weeks. Participants view pre-recorded, narrated presentations and complete learning activities at any time that is convenient for them. Participants are encouraged to contact the instructor for questions and discussion.

Registration Type
Member $249
Nonmember $325


Check out other IPv6 Learning Assets available through SCTE•ISBE:

The Path to IPv6 in Cable Networks

IPv6 in the Data Center

What is IPv6: An Overview

Book available in the SCTEISBE Bookstore