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IPV6 launched in Kenya

07 June 2012, 12:07 Adams Langat

The government will regulate all the information in the social media and other internet sites in order to avert the spread of hate messages in the country ahead of the general elections, Information Permanent Secretary Dr. Bitange Ndemo has said.

Speaking today during the launch of internet protocol version six (IPV6)  in the country, at iHub centre along Ngong road, Ndemo said the move is aimed at isolating hate messages ahead of elections in order to prevent violence like the one witnessed in the  2007 general elections.

“Nobody will read the individual’s data…what we are doing is to detect suspicious messages to prevent what happened in the 2007 general elections”, he said.

The Information PS added that the IPV6 version will enable the government to improve security and efficiency as it plans to deploy more than 10,000 CCTV cameras at the Nairobi’s Central Business District.

The launch of the IPV6 in the country was a joint effort by Kenya’s leading mobile service provider, Safaricom and Internet Society, Kenya Chapter and Safaricom now becomes the first mobile telecommunication service provider to use the new IPV6 in the country.

At the same time Ndemo challenged other mobile telecommunication service providers to adopt the new version of IPV6 in order to increase mobility and efficiency.

The IPV6 version was launched worldwide today due to the growth of the internet services that has created need for more addresses than what the Internet Protocol Version four (IPV4) was able to provide.

Kenyans can now test their IPV6 version by visiting:http//test-ipv6.com.

Present during the launch were Safaricom’s Director of Technology Thibaud Rerolle, Joseph Nzano of the Communications Communication of Kenya (CCK) and Michuki Mwangi of Internet Society amongst others.

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