Saudi Arabia is among the top 10 countries in using Internet Protocol VI.

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Saudi Arabia is among the top 10 countries in using Internet Protocol VI.


Wednesday – 6 Dhu al-Qi’dah 1442 AH – 16 June 2021 AD


Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (Middle East)

Riyadh: «Middle East Online»

Saudi Arabia entered the list of the top 10 countries in the world and the first in the Arab world and the Middle East to use Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).
The Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission explained that this step comes after achieving a growth in its use estimated at 50 percent, compared to last year 2020. According to the index of the Regional Center for Internet Information in Asia and the Pacific (APNIC).
Version VI is the latest version of the Internet protocols globally, and is characterized by more efficient packet and data handling, in addition to introducing a number of improvements to increase performance and security for Internet users.
The authority added that the noticeable growth in the adoption of the use of the sixth Internet protocol in Saudi Arabia began in the second quarter of 2020, after the success of the trials of activating it on the mobile phone network, noting its efforts to prepare a clear strategy for its adoption, and its keenness to raise awareness of its importance and urge its adoption by the authorities related to improving service quality and adopting emerging technologies, which come in line with the strategic shift in the authority’s role as a digital regulator
And she indicated that the achieved rank demonstrates the maturity of the information technology infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, and came after the formation of a national task force (IPv6 Taskforce) that included a number of government and private agencies, with the aim of exchanging experiences and unifying efforts to achieve strategic goals to support the adoption of this version in the Kingdom, pointing out that it organized a number of workshops Work, conferences, and training programs presented by local and international specialists, as well as its keenness to follow up the plans of licensed operators to activate it for all Internet users in Saudi Arabia.


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