PLDT, Smart Transition to IPv6 for More Secure Internet Browsing – Back End News

As part of solutions to reduce online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC), network connectivity provider PLDT and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications are boosting adoption of the latest Internet Protocol (IP) version 6 ) or IPv6.

The IP system helps identify, locate and route connected devices for Internet traffic. But given the large number of connections today, the most widely used IP version 4, or IPv4, is nearing exhaustion of available IP addresses. The industry is looking to move to IPv6 to unlock an unlimited number of IP addresses to cover the continued increase in devices connecting to the Internet.

At a forum with the Department of Welfare and Development and the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography, PLDT and Smart discussed IPv6 as part of mechanisms to comply with Republic Act 9775 or the Child Pornography Act 2009.

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“With the adoption of IPv6 as part of (our efforts to help the government), we continue to lead with over one million of our fiber-to-the-home customers already on IPv6, and with all of our commercially available modems now ready for IPv6,” said Angel Redoble, Chief Information Security Advisor, PLDT.

“Unlike IPv4, IPv6 would allow telcos to assign only one connection per IP address,” said Caleb Carroll, law enforcement development director, International Justice Mission Philippines. “Therefore, following appropriate legal processes, this transition will allow them to better assist law enforcement in identifying specific IP addresses and end users who are engaging in illegal activities such as sexual exploitation of online or live streaming of child sexual abuse and exploitation, so law enforcement can find and rescue at-risk children faster than the current system.

PLDT and Smart continue IPv6 capacity building, testing and migration for other services, to fully transition to the latest IP system and support the massive connectivity needs of services such as Internet of Things and Internet of Things. 5G.

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