The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, launched the Internet Protocol Version 6, IPv6, for the first time in the UAE, while hosting the RIPE Network Coordination Centre Meeting, ‘RIPE 75’.
The five-day meeting started on Sunday, 22nd October, 2017, with the participation of about 500 delegates from around the world. The aim is to discuss issues of interest to the Internet community and explore ways to meet the current phase requirements of Internet protocols in light of the global and strategic policies of the country in smart transformation, transition to knowledge economy, big data era, Internet of Things, e-commerce, or what is known as moving towards the future.
Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director-General of TRA, indicated during his speech that the IPv6 has been implemented for the first time, noting the importance of this expansion, and the role of RIPE in supporting efforts to expand the Internet prospects in the countries it serves. He highlighted many UAE initiatives that indicate future reliance on the Internet, the latest of which was the launch of the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence. It is a cornerstone for achieving the UAE Vision 2021, which increases our motivation to meet the growing needs of IPs to serve strategic objectives and sustainable development, he added.
RIPE 75 is a leading international gathering that includes ICT industry leaders and important Internet providers and operators to participate in extensive discussions on the Internet and effective policies implemented by RIPE NCC to allocate Internet resources in the UAE, and the MENA, in response to the need for robust and efficient connectivity to serve the needs in the current phase.