The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in Oman, in cooperation with RIPE NCC, held a series of IPv6 technical training workshops from 26–28 September 2016 at TRAâ€™s headquarters in Muscat, Oman. Staff from eight private and governmental bodies participated in the workshops.
Taking full advantage of its time in the country, the RIPE NCC also held a member lunch for its Omani members alongside the training on Sunday 25 September. The meeting was an open format for members to share ideas and information as well as resolve any ongoing technical issues with the RIPE NCC.
In this context, Mr. Mohammed Al-Kindy, executive manager for regulatory and compliance at TRA Oman, said: ""The implementation of IPv6 is important for our service provider plans that are aimed at expanding and extending their networks in Oman. Due to the significant impact of IPv6, TRA Oman is cooperating closely with the RIPE NCC to support the Omani private and governmental bodies with its expertise and know how to adopt the protocol in all their networks and services in Sultanate.""
Paul Rendek, Director of External Relations at the RIPE NCC, was also positive about the potential of IPv6 training to empower the local community: ""IPv6 is a key issue now that the world is running out of unused IPv4 addresses. This is why our strategic partnerships with organisations such as TRA Oman are so crucial – they will translate into real gains in terms of building the capacity needed for wide-scale IPv6 deployment in Oman. The training course gives technical staff in Oman the opportunity to become experts in IPv6 and supports both local and regional knowledge exchange.""
The core objective of the RIPE NCCâ€™s IPv6 training is to allow participants to recognise the importance of deploying this latest version of the Internet protocol on their networks, build technical capacity, and support the transition to IPv6 in the coming years.