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India Targets 160M Broadband Users By 2017, 600M By 2020; IPv6 Implementation

A statement from the Indian Government suggests that it is targeting 160 million broadband users by the year 2012 and 600 million users by 2020. And we'd like a little bit of whatever it is that they are smoking (but not too much because it's probably too strong). Why is this absurd? Because the Indian government has so far failed to achieve its targets for broadband connections: it had expected to reach the 20 million broadband connections target by 2010, and midway through 2012, the country still has only 13.79 million broadband connections. To reach the 160 million target by 2017, India will have to add 2.44 million broadband subscribers each month and roughly 7.33 million broadband subscribers every month to reach 600 million subscribers target by 2020, after achieving its target to reach 160 million. IPv6 Implementation At 0001 GMT (05:31 IST) today, the Internet protocol switched from IPv4 to IPv6, to enable more IP addresses on network. Today, on the "World IPv6 Launch Day", major Internet Service Providers, networking equipment manufacturers and web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services. Last year on June 8, major internet service providers, online portals such as Netflix, Cisco, Facebook, Yahoo and Google among others made the switch to IPv6 for their products and services demonstrated a successful implementation of IPv6 albeit just for a day. IPv6 allows 340 undecillion (2^128) addresses compared to mere 4.30 billion IP addresses possible on IPv4. According to a statement from the Indian government,…

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