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Speech By Permanent Secretary Ministry Of Communications, Negara Brunei Darussalam, at The Certified IPV6 Network Engineer Level 1 Training Course











Bismillah, Selawat dan salam


Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh, and good morning,

Firstly - congratulate ASAFF Solutions Sdn Bhd for organising this workshop. Important for us to understand what is IPv6 - build our resources to address IPv6.

Also thank AITI for their facilitative role, which encourages the active participation of the local ICT industry players.

Today, I would like to talk about iPV6, the emerging world of hyperconnectivity and the context to our Vision of a Smart Society

IPV6 – closest analogy as a postal address – every home has an address

Same applies – an address for each and every Internet-connected device.

Without one, websites would not know where to send the information each time you perform a search or try to access a website[1].

Back in 1994 as a tool to replace the depleting older version of IP addresses, the IPv4.  Its all about numbers, numerics and context to the way we work, play, learn and transact on the Internet every day.

But according to Internet Society Report 2011, the world officially ran out of the 4.3 billion available IPv4 addresses in February 2011[2].

Now, with 4.3 billion addresses, how can it run out?  According to the United Nations, there were 7 billion people in the world in 2011, with another billion is expected in 13 years time [3].

The combined effect of the increasing population and the sheer number of devices connected to the internet has brought to the situation we are facing today.

We are talking about hyperconnectivity….

Where 'the Internet and its associated services are accessible and immediate,

Where people and businesses can communicate with each other instantly, and where machines are equally interconnected with each other'[4]

Just look around and count how many devices are connected to the internet?

With the growth of connected devices comes the growth of content and applications. Gaming, new or social media apps, the FBs, the twitters, the WhatsApps, the Vibers the list goes on…


Our journey towards a Smart Society by 2017

What does it mean? A society with the knowledge, know hows and the means to do transactions anytime, anywhere and by anybody – some advanced countries call it a ubiquitous society – lets achieve a smart society first – lessen the queing time,

Online banking is a great example – from the days of physical counters to ATMs now online n mobile banking from physically everywhere…

The convenience of accessing and transacting for these services will leverage on technologies, such as IPv6.  In the long term, this can contribute towards effective time and resource management, and in general, well-being of the citizens.

Can we achieve this vision? InshaAllah – evidence in increasing usage of mobile broadband with recent roll-out of LTE. 

Improvement in our Networked Readiness Index reflects growth in skills, affordability, infrastructure and digital content among our users.

These developments will be taken further with the National Broadband Policy.


Today's workshop to address n manage IPV6 is certainly welcomed and supported. We hope more local players in various sectors come forward to emulate such initiative.

The Ministry of Communications supports initiatives that improve the accessibility of services, encourages growth of online applications and services.

Ultimately with enhanced quality of services, it's the general public who will benefit.

To further encourage the participation of our local players, AITI as INDUSTRY PROMOTER has been forthcoming in providing the platform for active interaction. AITI has featured speakers from major IPv6 industry players in the Asia Pacific region to raise awareness about IPv6 in Brunei Darussalam through seminars and workshops held in December 2013 and March 2014 respectively.

I was made to understand AITI will continue its efforts to engage the industry in a multi-stakeholders approach to develop plans for IPv6 transition and deployment within the industry.

The plans will include further capacity building, awareness programmes and assessment of transition technologies. 


In closing, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of ASAFF Solutions Sdn Bhd in conducting certified IPv6 training in Brunei Darussalam.

This training will be the first of many more to build capacity and address challenges to IPv6 implementation. 

Lastly, I wish all the training participants good luck and may you have an enriching and fruitful training experience.


Thank you.

Wabillahi Taufik Walhidayah, Wassalamu Alaikum Warrahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.





[4] The Global Information Technology Report 2012, World Economic Forum

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