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The transition to IPv6 on the General state administration

The “ Plan for mainstreaming IPv6 in Spain ”, adopted by the council of ministers on 29 april 2011, marks the beginning of the transition to IPv6 on the General state administration. The AGE sharing its experiences in this process of transition.

The transition to IPv6 on the General state administration

The Portal of E-government will provide information on the transition to IPv6 on the General state administration.
The initial activities were aimed at making IPv6 through electronic services under the ministry of economic and Digital Processing and the ministry of industry, tourism and trade. The current status of deployment of IPv6 protocol, less than 1 per cent, leaves room for experimentation with different models of implementation, both for a long-term as a means of livelihood.


Coinciding with the adoption of the The agreement of the council of ministers of 29 april 2011 which established a “ pattern of capacity for mainstreaming IPv6 en españa ” (Opens in new window) , el Ministerio de Industria, Turismo y Comercio (MITYC) hizo accesible mediante IPv6 el portal www.ipv6.es (Opens in new window) , aiming to report on the transition process in our country. The solution adopted by the sub-department of Information and communication technologies MITYC has been sent to a complete renovation of infrastructure for access to services offered since its Data processing centre. In addition to the recruitment of dual lines of communication (optional Both IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously) with the operator that provides Internet access, has undergone a full equipment of the Area of connection (wireless routers, firewalls, balanceadores, …) to make them compatible with IPv6. This new infrastructure access is also being done by the work of gateway and translate between IPv6 internal infrastructure and even IPv4. It is a fully scalable solution, in line with the measures adopted in Processes of any public agency to be accessible through IPv4. Through the same line access both protocols, Both IPv4 and IPv6, for the same connection.

El Ministerio de Asuntos Económicos y Transformación Digital ha dado cumplimiento al  The agreement of the council of ministers of 29 april 2011 (Opens in new window) making accessible through the portal IPv6 060, point of access to all E-government provided by the spanish Public Administrations. In this case, the approximation of the transition has been radically different.

The Ministry of economic and Transformation, in addition to Digital services, 060 powers the provision of services of the enabling E-government Public administrations, which is why the implementation of the solution has been addressed from the perspective of power to extend the IPv6 connectivity as a service available to the public administrations, establishing liaison with IPv6 network SARA that gateway to the infrastructure of the portal 060. A solution similar to that adopted by MITYC, reuse the infrastructure of Internet connection of the portal 060 would have been possible, but had not facilitated its extension as a common service. Another factor differentiating the equipment used for IPv4 adaptation to IPv6, that on this occasion is supported on the use of reverse proxy less scalability but also less expensive and quicker to implement.

New actions are currently in development

The Ministry of economic and Digital Processing, together with the National Institute of communications technologies (INTECO), (Opens in new window)  está elaborando los primeros borradores de la nueva edición del “Plan de direccionamiento de la Administración” especificado en el  National Interoperability (Opens in new window) , los requisitos de compra pública y la estrategia de incorporación del protocolo IPv6 a la Red SARA. Próximamente se integrará en este espacio información de todas estas acciones, contempladas en el  Acuerdo de Consejo de Ministros de 29 de Abril de 2011 (Opens in new window) .

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