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Three new projects have begun to develop new methods of providing Internet services over DVB broadcast networks. The projects will also investigate the future use of the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).
Due to an expected increase in the use of satellite telecommunications in the areas of Internet Trunking, Content Distribution and Direct Internet Access via satellite, ESA has initiated some activities to support the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 in the area of satellite telecommunications. This transition is already being prepared in the terrestrial world by a number of organisations such as the European Commission IPv6 Task Force of which ESA is a member.
To view the Task Force home page, click on external links on the right of this page.
The two parallel projects follow guidelines established by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) because it is customary within the IETF to test independent implementations for interoperability. An event to test the two prototypes for interoperability is planned for February 2004.
Pilot trials with these new encapsulations are planned for spring 2004.