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Q & A: IPv6 and eCommerce Development in Malaysia

When scientists deploy the internet to communicate with each other, internet protocol (IP) was the backbone of it. Every device communicating on the Internet requires a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address which is used to identify that device and to facilitate communication. The unique number IP is similar as each human being in Malaysia having our own identification card number as a way of recognition.

Since the time of origin, Internet protocol version 4 (IPv4) has been the backbone of the Internet, until “things” that connected to the internet exceeds possible 4.3 billion of IPv4 addresses.

MiBrand’s, Wada had an opportunity to chat with Derrick Chow, IPv6 Expert and Certified Trainer to discuss the on internet protocol (IP).

The Two Standards of IPs

There are two standards of IP addresses in use today, IPv4 and IPv6.

IPV4

IPv4 was the first version of the protocol and has been in use on the Internet since its inception. IPv4 was designed as an experimental protocol as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET).

The problem facing the Internet is that there is only a very limited number of available IPv4 addresses remaining today, and the entire Internet infrastructure will need to transition to IPv6 if it is to continue to grow.

IPv6

IPv6 is the successor to IPv4 in order to manage the exponential growth of IP addresses required to support new technology that was developed in the mid-1990s. IPv6 represents a virtually unlimited number of addresses to support Internet growth.

The relationship between IPv6 with eCommerce

When internet built, it was meant for communication, however technology advancement has developed it also as the main hub of conducting commence. The explosion of people, devices and eCommerce usage requires more and more connections, stability and security.

Beside the large IP number addresses approximately 3.4×1038 different combinations, other enhanced features of IPv6 includes:

  •    quality of service
  •    IP security
  •    Mobile adaptation
  •    Auto Configuration
  •    Faster routing
  •    Send/receive data efficiently
  •    End to end connectivity

Consumer Experience

The IPv6 also opened up the possibilities of producing interactive customer experience that could see a new level of creativeness and marketing innovations. This could rapidly change the way consumer engage and shop online, giving the next level eCommerce the much-needed infrastructure support.

The best in Malaysian eCommerce yet to born

Opportunity Loss Due To Slow IPv6 Migration

As there are still millions of IPv4 only capable devices in the world, particularly consumer electronics and most Malaysian web content today is still primarily IPv4, Internet Service Providers in Malaysia still holding back full migration of IPv6.

Holding back the migration of IPv6 will cost Malaysia more as more and more device get connected. IPv6 has generally proven to be 8% to 15% faster than IPv4, as it has no broadcast messages saving bandwidth, time and processing power too.  

Even though, Malaysia’s IPv6 usage stands at around 15% trailing Japan (17.1%) and India (22.23%), the loss of opportunity in particular to eCommerce will be greater.

Malaysia needs the Government push and ISPs commitment in order for the country to realize the much greater potential of eCommerce and Digital Business. The lack of qualified network engineers should hinder the development and potential growth of the industry, as the best in Malaysian eCommerce yet to born.  

Derrick Chow is an IPv6 Expert and Certified Trainer at Adasta Network Sdn Bhd, the authorized training provider by the IPv6 Global Forum.

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