The First IPv6 certified ISP in KSA
Sahara Net's Chief Operations Officer (COO), Eng. Kais Al-Essa, was invited by Communications & Information Technology Commission(CITC) to present Sahara Net's experience in deploying IPv6 to the recently held "2nd Workshop on IPv6" which was organized by CITC in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The workshop was attended by many local government and private organizations seeking to know more about this technology. The workshop was divided into three (3) main sessions where each focused on a certain topic and was presented by leading International and local experts. Eng. Al-Essa paper was among the 3rd session titled "IPv6 Local Experience". The session also had presenters from King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Telecommunications Co. (STC) and Mobily.
Eng. Al-Essa paper showed that Sahara Net is the 1st, and still the only, "IPv6 Ready" ISP today in Saudi Arabia. He went on to show the different steps that Sahara Net went through to achieve this distinguished status. He also shared with the audience the main issues that faced the deployment and how they were overcome. Eng. Al-Essa also explained that Sahara Net is currently working with a "select" number of Enterprise Customers to enable IPv6 with them. Among the things Eng. Al-Essa stressed on was the need for Training and Awareness on the topic. Sahara Net offered several free seminars on the topic last year and this year. It also published a web site last year which is dedicated to sharing knowledge on the topic. The web site is open for all to use: http://ipv6.sahara.com.sa
It should be noted that IPv6 will gradually replace the current Internet Protocol (IPv4). IPv6 can accommodate a huge number of Internet addresses, that will meet the future Internet needs for addresses, for decades, and it allows the emergence of new innovative applications, thanks to the availability of these addresses, as well as to take into account things on a high degree of importance for the Internet services such as quality of service, and information security.