The demonstration shows that IPv6 services can be supported in a commercial mobile infrastructure, even when roaming, using automated IP tunneling. This can be seen as a stepping-stone toward native IPv6 networks and services including peer-to-peer applications.
An IPv6-enabled laptop with a Sony Ericsson GPRS PCMCIA was used to set up a connection through a commercial GPRS network in Belgium to the home network at TeliaSonera in Sweden. The laptop client automatically set up an IPv6-in-IPv4 tunnel using Intra-Site Automatic Tunnel Addressing Protocol (ISATAP) to TeliaSonera's IPv6 test mobile network, where IPv6 application servers are located and connectivity to the IPv6 Internet is provided.
"This is a joint effort between Ericsson and TeliaSonera," says Håkan Eriksson, Vice President & General Manager, Research and Development at Ericsson. "We are building on our relationship from IPv6 standardization and we will gain experience for peer-to-peer mobile services as well as for the introduction of the complete IPv6 based IMS."
"This joint demonstration over TeliaSonera commercial GPRS network shows our ability to introduce new commercial services based on IPv6 over the existing IPv4 domain," says Håkan Dahlström, Managing Director, Network & Productions, Mobile Network at TeliaSonera. "This can also be regarded as a first milestone towards full IPv6 capability in Mobile and Wireless networks."