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RBI asks banks and payment gateways to migrate their websites to IPv6 by Dec 2012

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked
banks and payment gateways to migrate their websites from the current version
of internet protocol (IPv4) to next-generation internet protocol (IPv6) by
December 2012.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked
banks and payment gateways to migrate their websites from the current version
of internet protocol (IPv4) to next-generation internet protocol (IPv6) by
December 2012.

“Since the IPv4 protocol has almost
run out of addresses, the broadband revolution is sure to ride on
next-generation internet protocol (IPv6). The National Telecom Policy-2012
recognizes the futuristic role of IPv6 and aims to achieve substantial
transition to IPv6 in the country,” RBI said in a statement.

“Since migration to IPv6 is an
eventuality that has to be accepted and managed proactively, government wants
it to be done in a planned way rather than against time. They have expressed
that the migration of all payment gateways, banks, financial institutions,
insurance companies, etc, including their websites, should be completed
preferably by December 2012,” the statement added.

IPv4 is the current protocol used by computers
on the internet to communicate with each other. Each computer connected to the
internet has a unique IPv4 address, also known as the IP address. Since most IP
addresses are almost used up and there is not much room for expansion, the
current IPv4 addresses are being replaced by IPv6 addresses.

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