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Sami Salih
 
Dr. Sami Salih, Found and yet chair the Sudanese IPv6 Task Force (SDv6TF), he was the chair of the 2nd corresponding specialized group of IPv6 in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). During his position at the telecom regulatory authority (NTC Sudan) as head of R&D, he participated and contributed to the development of ICTs in his region, indeed he is appointed by ITU to develop a national migration plans toward deploying IPv6. Furthermore, he established a specialized training center for IPv6 in Sudan in collaboration with USM NAV6 Malaysia. Currently as SudREN (Sudanese Research and Education Network) CEO, he conducts a project to provide e-services with IPv6 enable for all members institutes. Mr. Salih holds PhD in Telecommunication Networks from Sudan University of Science Technology (SUST).
 
Abstract: "Deployment of IPv6: Case of SudREN"
 
IPv6 is very important for the long-term sustainability of the internet. The current IP addressing protocol (IPv4) contains only around 3.7 billion Public IP Addresses, which can not hold ground against today’s ever-growing demand for internet access specially with the introduction of smartphones, tablets, PC, gaming systems, and just about everything else connecting to the internet. Major Internet service providers (ISPs), vendors, and networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are permanently enabling IPv6 for their products and services.
 
Locally in Sudan, IPv6 has a big support from operators and regulators. In 2010 the National Telecommunication Committee put forth an IPv6 migration plan and formed the Sudanese IPv6 Task Force (SDv6TF) followed by a set of workshops and seminars to spread the awareness of IPv6 within the community.
 
On June 10th 2014 SudREN completed its IPv6 preparation and started announcing its prefixes to the world following its peers and other service providers taking the next step in IP Addressing. Currently most of SudREN services are running both IPv4 and IPv6.