[Paper] IPv6 In Mobile Networks

The exhaustion of public IPv4 addresses was inevitable due to the limited address space and the exploding number of IP capable devices. Hence IPv6 was developed to replace IPv4, providing, amongst other things, a much bigger address space allowing all IPv6 capable devices to have unique, public addresses to identify themselves on the Internet. Still IPv6 traffic only amounts to a very small portion of the overall Internet traffic and most mobile network providers have tried to delay the switch to IPv6 using techniques like CGN. Also transitioning methods have been developed in order to support IPv4 and IPv6 at the same time while transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6. In the long run, with the growing number of IPv6 capable devices and content providers, the mobile network operators will have to find a way to support IPv6 in their networks.

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