Interview: general manager, KDDI Corporation, Japan: “IPv4 addresses have already run out and we must shift to IPv6, whether we like it or not.”

Shigenari Saito, general manager at KDDI Corporation, Japan
Shigenari Saito, general manager at KDDI Corporation, Japan

Shigenari Saito, general manager at KDDI Corporation, Japan, is speaking in the Maximising Network Capacity track on Day One of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we find out about KDDI program to convert to IPv6.

KDDI has already started converting to IPv6, including its website. Why did you decide to make the move and what were the key challenges?

We have already distributed IPv6 to more than 60 per cent of our FTTH users, and we will complete the process by March next year (2014). We thought that those IPv6 users should be able to access our website in IPv6.

What message would you give to other operators that have yet to prioritise making the move to IPv6?

IPv4 addresses have already run out and we must shift to IPv6, whether we like it or not.

Are there any specific security risks operators should be concerned about as they migrate to IPv6?

In order to deploy IPv6 rapidly, we should provide IPv6 by default. It’s also important to ensure that the security level for IPv6 is equal that of the existing service.

As a cutting edge operator where are you currently with your LTE Advanced plans?

We have already started to provide an LTE service, but as of today we cannot announce any more about the future plan.

What are you most looking forward to about attending the Broadband World Forum?

We are keen to obtain want more practical information about the latest trends for Broadband internet around the world.

The Broadband World Forum is taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Click here to download a brochure for the event and here to register for a conference pass.

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