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IPv6 is the new version of the Internet Protocol (Internet Protocol version 6), which will progressively replace IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4), the Internet protocol used at the moment, increasing the current addressing space to 128 bits.

RNP configured a pilot network in order to use the IPv6 protocol in its native mode. The first tests were made between RNP’s points of presence (PoPs) in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte and Rio Grande do Sul. The current topology of RNP’s native IPv6 network can be seen in the map (mapa) available in the “Services” area of the site.

To obtain IPv6 connection services, the institution must be located in one of the states served by this network and be RNP’s client. For institutions wishing to develop experimental projects on IPv6, even if they are not its clients, RNP offers access to the IPv6 world through the BR6Bone project, a virtual IPv6 backbone, implanted over a pre-existing IPv4 infrastructure.

RNP is also responsible for the distribution of IPv6 production addresses in Brazil.

On this page you will be able to find more explanations about what IPv6 is and about the projects RNP develops with it, such as the Br6Bone. You will also find information on how to get a production IPv6 address from RNP as well as a series of references in order to know better the new Internet protocol.