2. Scope and Goal of the 2016 BPF ‘Understanding the commercial and economic incentives beneath a successful IPv6 deployment.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The 2016 BPF on IPv6 brings together representatives from different stakeholder communities and offer a great opportunity to look at the topic of IPv6 adoption with focus on economic elements and business cases. The BPF does not want to replicate or duplicate work already undertaken by other groups (e.g. the substantive work or technical training done by Internet technical community). Rather, the BPF will take any such work as a starting point and input for the discussion. The BPF should focus on how stakeholders can help each other and exchange best practices.
2.2. Goals for 2016
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The 2015 BPF on IPv6 focused on creating capacity building platforms and awareness raising, in the form of national and regional IPv6 taskforces and other initiatives. Building upon the outcome of the 2015 BPF on IPv6, the activities of the 2016 BPF focus on the economic decisions and commercial drivers behind the decision to adopt IPv6.
2.3. Problem statement
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Feedback received from the participants to the 2015 BPF IPv6, especially those with a technical community background, suggests that the decision to adopt IPv6 is not only a technical one, but that other economic factors play an important role.
¶ 8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 Most of the networks that make up today’s Internet are built and operated on a commercial basis, and must include IPv6 adoption into their business plan, accordingly. The same goes for not-for-profit and public sector network operators, who must take into account the cost versus benefit when deciding to upgrade their networks to the new version of the Internet Protocol. The number of networks that already support IPv6 today proofs that IPv6 adoption is a technically feasible option for businesses. IPv6 adoption is on the rise – not only in the global North, but also in a number of states in the southern hemisphere and there appears to be little correlation to GDP and IPv6. There remains some questions such as:
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- Why is there such a difference in IPv6 adoption in comparable markets?
- Why is cost often cited as a reason not to adopt, while at the same moment commercial ISPs of all sizes are deploying IPv6?
¶ 11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 Some studies explore the “why and when” of IPv6 adoption or model the economic effects of IPv6 versus the prolonged use of IPv4, but in general there is not that much documentation around the commercial aspects of IPv6 deployment, especially not based on specific positive cases of adoption. This is the focus of the 2016 BPF IPv6.
¶ 13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 The 2016 BPF invited people to share their commercial experiences with IPv6, with the aim of establishing a better understanding of the commercial and economic incentives that sit behind a successful deployment of IPv6 in commercial as well as public sector networks and Internet services.
¶ 15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0  The 2016 BPF on IPv6 discussed and agreed the Scope and Goals for its activities during its first (23 June 2016) and second (6 June 2016) open Virtual meeting.