The currently used Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses have become a scarce resource which cannot keep pace with the rapidly growing Internet.
IPv4 is the most frequently used communication protocol for the exchange of data in our corporate networks and on the Internet. Internet users actually do not need to know anything about it. However, it constitutes the basis of the Internet, because the World Wide Web, videoconferences, e-mail communication, etc. would not exist without IP.
Following its request submitted already in 2009 to RIPE NCC (Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre), the European institution competent for address allocations, the German public administration, represented by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, was granted sufficient IPv6 address space in 2011. Hence, the whole German public administration has the globally unique IPv6 address space 2a02:1000::/26 with a size of ::/26, which corresponds to 2102 addresses.
The Federal Office of Administration (BVA) assists the public administration in migrating from IPv4 to its successor IPv6.
To this end, the BVA directed the research project “IPv6-Profile” (IPv6 profiles) for the public administration and tasked Fraunhofer FOKUS and BearingPoint with the project implementation.
The purpose of this project was to define profiles for different categories of devices, and examine and document strategies for the migration to IPv6. This was an essential contribution to the future-proof migration of Germany's network infrastructures to IPv6. The project was carried out in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry of the Interior. The experience gained in this project is also included and expanded in EU Commission projects.
A catalogue of technical criteria and IPv6 profiles for the public administration were drawn up, taking into account current developments. The results are recommendations for the introduction and procurement of components which support IPv6.
Since 1 January 2011, the DOI coordination office at the Federal Office of Administration has been responsible for the operation of LIR de.government whereas the Federal Ministry of the Interior (Division IT I 5) has assumed responsibility for the strategic tasks (management, further development, governance).
The direct contact person with respect to LIR de.government is Mrs. Südmeyer at the DOI coordination office. The office can be reached from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. You can contact us by telephone, fax or e-mail.
Mrs. Annette Südmeyer
Federal Office of Administration
Division VMA II 9
Telephone: +49 (0) 22899 358-3551
Fax: +49 (0) 22899 10 358-3557
If you have any questions with respect to basic, political or strategic issues or to the further development of IPv6 address space of LIR de.government, please contact the Federal Ministry of the Interior:
Mrs. Constanze Bürger
Federal Ministry of the Interior
Division IT I 5
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 18681-10617
Fax: +49 (0) 30 18681-510617