In the spirit of innovation, Magyar Telekom constantly keeps track of new technologies offering new possibilities and develops its service portfolio accordingly. We are pioneers in introducing new methods and take internet based services seriously, therefore we endeavor to build an IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) portfolio available to everybody. Our company is the first in Hungary to offer IPv6 based internet service, both for residential and business customers, on certain operating systems (Windows Vista, 7, Unix/Linux distributions), and we continue to work on rolling the service out to other operating systems (Windows XP) as well.
Our plan is to make IPv6 technology based solutions and services commercially available to Magyar Telekom customers in the near future.
The commercial launch is preceded by an important testing period, during which we have been trying to prepare our systems to fully support the new addressing solution, first through laboratory testing, later, from early 2009, through live operation tests . After months of work we are at a stage where we ask for the contribution of our customers in making the final steps.
Since we would like to provide services tailored to the requirements of our users as much as possible, we would like to ask you to help us by sharing your experiences and test the IPv6 services of Magyar Telekom together.
We have set up a forum for this purpose, where everybody can share their opinion and registered customers can give us feedback using a questionnaire.
During the pilot, which starts on November 2, 2009 , any residential, small or medium business and large corporate customer with ADSL or optical internet services can participate in the pilot within the service area of Magyar Telekom, provided that they have the necessary hardware and software components.
Internet-connection during the pilot
During the pilot
computers of registered users, connected to the network, can use
a new (version 6) IPv6 IP address in
addition to their existing traditional (version 4) IPv4 IP address,
they can access pages and devices on the web that support IPv6. At the
same time, traditional IPv4 internet is also accessible.
The connection is built up – similarly to traditional internet service – using a PPPoE dial in client. The IPv6 address is allocated by the provider in a quasi fixed way to the device initiating the IPv6 PPPoE connectivity. This means that the IPv6 address is planned to remain unchanged for the duration of the pilot period.
Those who intend to provide IPv6 capability for not only a single endpoint, rather a complete internal/local area network (LAN) operating on a router or other device for private or business purposes, may require a whole IPv6 address range specifically for this purpose.
The fixed IPv6 addresses generated using this address range are dedicated to our customer, and the user can allocate public IP addresses to their own local area network. This IPv6 address range can be considered quasi fixed, meaning that the provider will try to keep the address range unchanged, but cannot guarantee that. In practice, this means that allocated addresses would only change in case of larger network rearrangements, which might occur only a few times per year. (The public address range should be requested from the provider’s network by the device that initiates setting up the PPPoE connection, using the DHCPv6 protocol Prefix Delegation function.)
Setting up such network architecture already requires a higher level of IT expertise and appropriate network equipment, and the device being responsible for further allocation of the address range should have an adequate operating system.
Additional IPv6 based services
During the pilot period, in addition to providing internet connection, Magyar Telekom makes several other services available via IPv6 protocol:
The pilot starts on November 2, 2009. Registrations for IPv6 addresses and address ranges are welcome from this date on. Due to technical reasons certain hardware and software requirements apply to the participants, of which further information is available on the Pilot page. Please read the announcement carefully in order to ensure that all parameters are available on your side for the testing. The page also features a detailed guide on how to make appropriate settings on your computer or network device.