US firms may dominate the market for equipment such as routers serving as the infrastructure for the current IPv4-based Internet. But Japan, China and South Korea plan to change that.
They’ll jointly develop the next-generation IPv6 technology and, "By working together, the three countries aim to take the lead in developing technologies for a world in which all equipment is connected to the Internet" says Japan’s Nihon Keizai Shimbun as reported here.
It quotes a spokesman for Hitachi Ltd., one of the Japanese firms mentioned in the report, as saying, "The Japanese government has discussed IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) with China and South Korea at ministers’ meetings, but I’m not aware of any new development. Our company has no specific plans in terms of tripartite development."
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., Hitachi, Fujitsu Ltd., NEC Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., Mitsubishi Research Institute and Internet Initiative Japan Inc will participate with Korea Telecom and the Samsung group, as well as Chinese firms such as China Telecommunications Corp, also expected to take part, the report states, adding:
"The Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications Ministry has allocated two billion yen (18.5 million dollars) in annual funding for constructing a IPv6 network in Japan connecting about 100 ordinary households, local governments and corporations.
"China and South Korea will construct similar networks, which will be connected with the Japanese version and with each other, creating an international IPv6 network with common standards."