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Chapter 01. Introduction > The 6NET Project

1.2. The 6NET Project

6NET was a three-year European IST project to demonstrate that continued growth of the Internet can be met using new IPv6 technology. The project built and operated a pan-European native IPv6 network connecting sixteen countries in order to gain experience of IPv6 deployment and the migration from existing IPv4-based networks. The network was used to extensively test a variety of new IPv6 services and applications, as well as interoperability with legacy applications. This allowed practical operational experience to be gained, and provided the possibility to test migration strategies, which are important considering that IPv4 and IPv6 technologies will need to coexist for several years.

6NET involved thirty-five partners from the commercial, research and academic sectors and represented a total investment of €18 million; €7 million of which came from the project partners themselves, and €11 million from the Information Society Technologies Programme of the European Commission. The project commenced on 1st January 2002 and was due to finish on 31 December 2004. However, the success of the project meant that it was granted a further 6 months, primarily for dissemination of the project’s findings and recommendations. The network itself was decommissioned in January 2005, handing over the reigns of pan-European native IPv6 connectivity to GÉANT.


  

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