Main One, a West African optic fiber cable company, will deploy Cisco’s IP-NGN solution to increase the capacity of its 7000 km cable that runs from Portugal to Nigeria and Ghana, and also branches out to Morocco, the Canary Islands, Senegal and Ivory Coast. Cisco’s Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network solution will not only increase IPv6 support in the region, reports IT Web, it offers more than 12 times the traffic capacity of the nearest competing system.
“Early last month, the regional Internet registry (RIR) for Africa, AfriNIC, announced that IPv4 addresses had run out, after it had allocated the last two free batches of IPv4 addresses to the RIR for Asia Pacific APNIC.
AfriNIC CEO Adiel Akplogan explained that the remaining five batches of addresses, containing about 16 million unique addresses each, will now be distributed among the five RIRs, as per global policy. However, he warned that this is likely to be exhausted within the next two years.
At the time, Akplogan warned that it is now more important than ever for organisations around the world to begin planning for the next generation of IP addresses, IPv6.”