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IPv6 Deployment Metrics



  Reference Number 245876
  Solicitation Number IC 401155
  Organization Name Industry Canada / Industrie Canada
  Source ID FD.DP.ON.6876.C49668
  Associated Components No


  Published 2012-05-29
  Closing 2012-06-27 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time EDT


  Category Special Studies and Analysis - (Not R&D)
  GSINS B: Special Studies and Analysis
  Region of Delivery National Capital Region
  Region of Opportunity World
  Agreement Type None
  Tender Type Request for Information (RFI)
  Estimated Value $0 to $5,000
  Solicitation Method Open

Notice Description

  IPv6 Deployment Metrics


Responding to this Request for Information (RFI) is not a prerequisite to receiving a Request for Proposal (RFP) from Industry Canada for professional services related to investigating and reporting on the current status of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) deployment in Canada.

This RFI shall not be construed to be a Request for Proposal and no contract or other form of commitment will be entered into with any vendor based on responses to this RFI. This RFI shall in no way be considered as authorization by Industry Canada for vendors to undertake any work, which would result in costs to Industry Canada. Industry Canada shall not be liable for, nor shall it reimburse any vendors for any costs, fees or expenses incurred by any vendor in the preparation or submission of its response to this RFI.

Nothing in this RFI shall be construed as a commitment to issue a RFP for the delivery of IPv6-related professional services. Industry Canada shall not be bound by anything stated herein. Industry Canada reserves the right to change, at any time, any or all parts of the requirement as it deems necessary. Vendors are advised that any information submitted to Industry Canada in response to this RFI may be used in the development of a subsequent RFP. Vendors shall not be bound by any aspect of their response to this RFI. All responses to this RFI will be held by Industry Canada on a confidential basis, subject to applicable legislation, and remain the property of Industry Canada once they have been received.

Closing Date:

Responses to this RFI will be accepted in either official language until 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on June 27th, 2012.

Responses to this RFI must be sent directly by e-mail to the point of contact identified below.

Point of Contact:

To ensure accurate and authorized responses to inquiries relating to this Request for Information, all inquiries must be sent by e-mail to the following point-of-contact:

Industry Canada
Contracts and Materiel Management
Attention: Caroline Dupuis
Telephone: 613-990-1914
E-mail :


Industry Canada may require clarification of responses received.

Background Information for this RFI:

The number of computers and devices connected to the Internet is rapidly approaching the number of addresses supported by the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), standardized in 1981. A newer version of the Internet Protocol, called IPv6, has been standardized to support a vastly larger address space, however the two protocols are not “on-the-wire’ compatible with each other. As a result, it is not a trivial task to migrate IPv4 users, networks and services to IPv6. However, as the number of Internet users and Internet-connected devices continues to grow, IT network operators, service providers, content owners, equipment and applications vendors, and users will have no choice but to transition to the newer Internet Protocol version 6. The IPv6 address space is more than 10 billion billion billion times larger than the approximately 4.3 billion addresses that can be handled by IPv4.

In 2009, a special Task Group of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards Advisory Council of Canada (ISACC) was established to study the issue of IPv6 transition. The ISACC IPv6 Task Group received contributions from dozens of industry and government experts, and published a comprehensive report on the matter in March 2010. The report is available on-line as follows:


IPv6 deployment into existing IPv4-based networks and operations can take several years. The Task Group recommended that to continue to be part of the global Internet and to benefit from its growth, Canadian organizations such as governments, Internet and content services providers, and enterprises need to transition to IPv6. A growing number of mainstream ICT products have evolved to be IPv6-capable and are being used to carry IPv6 traffic in other countries today.

Information requested from suppliers in response to this RFI
With this Request for Information, Industry Canada is seeking information on methods and metrics to measure and report on the status of IPv6 deployment in Canada. The objectives are:

• to collect quantitative information at regular intervals (e.g. quarterly, semi-annually, annually) on the status of IPv6 deployment in Canada;
• to use the information to understand the rate of IPv6 deployment in Canada, and to indicate deployment challenges and/or barriers; and
• to be able to leverage the same information to compare and contrast the state of IPv6 deployment in Canada with that of other nations (e.g. the U.S, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, China, Japan, Korea).

All responses to this RFI should include answers to the following questions:

1. How could and/or should the state of IPv6 deployment in Canada be measured?
2. Which deployment metrics would be most useful to measure the state of IPv6 deployment in Canada?
3. What processes, methods, and/or tools should be used to gather and report on the metrics identified in #2?

In addition to the above, estimates of the amount of level effort, cost or other resources required to accomplish each of the aforementioned outcomes are desired.

Other Information:

Respondents desiring notice of any ensuing Request for Proposal (RFP) should so indicate in their response to this RFI.



Contracting Authority

  Name Caroline V Dupuis
  Address 235 rue Queen

  City Ottawa
  State / Province ON
  Country Canada
  Postal Code K1A 0H5
  Phone (613)990-1914
  Fax (613)943-8114
  Website URL

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