IP protocols/software

Buckeye Cable Embraces IPv6

Jumping on the IPv6 bandwagon, Buckeye CableSystem has become one of the first mid-sized cable operators to begin upgrading to the next-gen Internet address numbering protocol.

Buckeye, an Ohio-based MSO with about 130,000 basic cable subscribers, said it will start making the tricky transition from IPv4 to IPv6 to gain the network capacity needed to support the exploding number of IP-enabled consumer electronics devices that its customers use. The cable provider also aims to use IPv6 to deploy new IP services quicker and easier, add more encryption and security safeguards, improve network routing and comply more effectively with government regulations, among other things.

"We are constantly striving to enhance the customer experience for our subscribers, and being able to efficiently provision our services and quickly add new ones in a way that is both cost-effective and reliable is something that we consider critical to this effort," said Joe Jensen, CTO of Buckeye CableSystem, in a prepared statement.

On that front, Buckeye is in good company. The cable industry has been aggressive in its IPv6 preparation, with Comcast Corp. leading the way. The largest U.S. MSO says it expects to roll out broadband services supporting IPv6 to all its residential high-speed data customers by the end of the year. (See CE Laggards Could Hinder Cable's IPv6 Transition and Comcast Preps Commercial Trials for IPv6.)

As part of its upgrade to IPv6, Buckeye is tapping into new service provisioning software from Incognito Software Inc. Specifically, Buckeye will employ the latest version of Incognito's Broadband Command Center software, which the MSO has been using since 2005.

Incognito says the latest version of its provisioning system adds IPv6 support and access to DOCSIS 3.0 capabilities. Buckeye will use this new version for activating and provisioning voice and data services. The solution is built to multiple familiar standards, including TR-069, DOCSIS 3.0, PacketCable 2.0, SIP and DHCPv6. Incognito claims that it now supports more than 110 million subscribers with its provisioning software.

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading Cable

albreznick 7/22/2013 | 2:26:30 PM
re: Buckeye Cable Embraces IPv6 Well, I think it's still big news when a mid-sized service provider does it. We mostly hear about the big guys, no?
Carol Wilson 7/16/2013 | 9:54:39 PM
re: Buckeye Cable Embraces IPv6 In my last conversation with the ARIN folks, they didn't think that was the case, that recovering previously allocated blocks of numbers would prevent the massive need for new IP addresses that looms now.
brookseven 7/16/2013 | 9:51:17 PM
re: Buckeye Cable Embraces IPv6 I guess I am surprised that previously allocated /8s are not recovered.

That would put the need to move to v6 out by years.

Carol Wilson 7/16/2013 | 9:33:17 PM
re: Buckeye Cable Embraces IPv6 Actually, I do realize how expensive and challenging the transition to IPv6 is -- I've written about that many times. But this particular transition has been an inevitability for a decade now, so the notion of it being "embraced" in 2013 seems a bit of a stretch to me. Unlike other transitions, the move to IPv6 has to happen. Sure, there are choices about how you do it, and complexities in how it is done. And I don't in any way mean to diminish those.
ethertype 7/16/2013 | 9:29:28 PM
re: Buckeye Cable Embraces IPv6 I'm a bit surprised that journalists who sit at a keyboard and write stories about major technology transitions don't recognize how expensive and challenging they are to plan and manage in real life.
Carol Wilson 7/16/2013 | 6:48:05 PM
re: Buckeye Cable Embraces IPv6 I'm a bit surprised that embracing IPv6 is still considered news.
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