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Italians Bring Moonv6 to Europe

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TURIN, Italy -- Telecom Italia Lab (formerly CSELT) today announced that it has established a cross-Atlantic tunnel to the Moonv6 IPv6 network, thus expanding the world's largest multi-vendor next-generation Internet network into Italy.

Moonv6 was launched in October 2003 to advance the next-generation Internet protocol and promote it throughout the industry. The Moonv6 project is led by the North American IPv6 Task Force (NAv6TF) and involves Internet2, U.S. government agencies, the UNH-IOL and major networking, testing and communications companies.

IPv6 is the Internet next generation protocol, developed as a replacement of the current version of the Internet Protocol, IPv4. Proposed in the mid '90s by IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force), it has been designed to overcome the limitations imposed by current IP version providing better security mechanisms, simpler network configuration procedures a much larger pool of IP network addresses needed to support the proliferation of Internet and other network devices.

Telecom Italia Lab has provided an IPv4/v6 tunnel via BGP to the core Moonv6 network.

Telecom Italia Lab is a founding member of the IPv6 Forum and has been working with IPv6 since 1996. It is also partner of the IST Euro6IX project which developed a native IPv6 network through seven European countries. Since summer 2004, Euro6IX and Moonv6 signed a cooperation agreement and the set-up of this connection through Telecom Italia Lab strengthens this collaboration for future activities.

"We are delighted to be working with the Moonv6, and to take part in the process of establishing additional Moonv6 links and peers on a global level," said Mario Morelli, IPv6 network researcher in Telecom Italia Lab.

Telecom Italia Lab (TILAB)

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