TeliaSonera receives record assignment of IP addresses

TeliaSonera receives record assignment of IP addresses

When 3G really gets going and more advanced mobile applications become a
reality an increasing number of IP addresses will be needed. The
solution is a new version of the Internet protocol known as IPv6, which
multiplies the number of available addresses by several magnitudes.
TeliaSonera was early out of the starting block and has just received
the largest allocation to date of IPv6 addresses from RIPE NCC, the
Internet organisation responsible for allocation of IP-addresses. The
number of addresses TeliaSonera has received is many times the number of
addresses currently available on the entire Internet.

Today's Internet communication is based on the IPv4 protocol, which will
continue to dominate for many years to come. The next version is known
as IPv6 and is beginning to be introduced. IPv6 has many improvements
for example within security. The benefits for the consumers will be
increased simplicity and higher accessibility to the Internet. For
example, IPv6 will provide a more optimal technical solution for future
3G-services such as push services and instant messaging.

But above all, IPv6 has many times the number of currently available IP
addresses. The available IPv4 addresses will eventually be exhausted. It
is this very lack of addresses that is expected to be the greatest
driving force for network operators and service providers to switch to
IPv6. The most obvious advantage of IPv6 is the larger address space
which simplifies services such as always-on residential broadband
Internet, peer-to-peer, machine-to-machine and mobile push services.
TeliaSonera was quick to realise the advantage and submitted a request
during the year for IPv6 addresses from RIPE NCC which allocates IP
addresses to operators in Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and the
African countries located north of the equator.

"The IPv6 protocol is a definitive approach for future optimisation and
development of our networks and services. This is a necessary and an
inevitable step for TeliaSonera to continue providing cost efficient and
high quality services to customers," says Claes Nycander, Senior Vice
President and Chief Network Officer, TeliaSonera AB.

The address allocation to TeliaSonera is the largest assignment of
addresses to an individual operator to date. TeliaSonera will by the
record allocation receive 2108
(3,2451,8553,6584,2672,6783,1560,2057,6256) addresses. The addresses are
what is known as a /20 block, which is equivalent to 17,000 billion
(17,000,000,000,000) subnets that can be assigned to customers. Each
subnet has more individual addresses than are currently available on the
entire IPv4 Internet.

For further information journalists can contact:
Claes Nycander, Senior Vice President and Chief Network Officer,
TeliaSonera AB, tel +46-(0)8-504 550 82
Mikael Lind, Research Engineer, Networks & Productions, TeliaSonera
Sweden AB, tel +46-(0)8-713 81 30

For further information on the RIPE NCC, please see www.ripe.net

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circumstances, including future performance and other trend projections
are forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking
statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events
and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. There can be
no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from those
expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements due to many
factors, many of which are outside the control of TeliaSonera.


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