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The Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion (BVA) as­sists the pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion in Ger­many in mi­grat­ing from IPv4 to its suc­ces­sor IPv6.

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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.

IPv6 – best prac­tice for the pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion

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
E-mail: LIR@bva.bund.de

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

your contact

Ms An­nette Süd­mey­er

+49 (0) 22899 358-3510

+49 (0) 22899 10 358-3557


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