The SCTE followed the recent announcement of IPv4 number depletion by stepping up with an expanded schedule of IPv6 support activities.

The Society announced that registrations are now being accepted for "Migration to an IPv6 Infrastructure,"an SCTE Live Learning course scheduled for 2 p.m. EST on March 16, as well as for "IPv6: Impact on Cable Networks," a seven-week online course that begins April 4. 

The SCTE also reminds that it offers customized, onsite IPv6 training for companies or local chapters, as well as a variety of member-exclusive IPv6 resources: Access to white papers on the transition via the InfoScope information source and three archived Live Learning webinars entitled "The Path to IPv6 in Cable Networks," "IPv6 in the Data Center" and "IPv6: Deployment Issues and Challenges."

Presentations from Bye Bye v4, an IPv6-focused panel that is on the agenda for SCTE Canadian Summit next month, also will be available in the near future.

"While the cable industry has taken significant steps to prepare for the adoption of IPv6, it is important that we take all possible steps to make the transition as smooth as possible, including working closely with CableLabs and NCTA on joint initiatives," said Daniel Howard, CTO of SCTE. "Our IPv6 courses have been created to provide the knowledge and skills that the engineering and operations communities will need to minimize the impact of the migration on cable operators' businesses and to make the change as seamless as possible for customers."

"Migration to an IPv6 Infrastructure"is free to SCTE members and $29 for non-members. The cost of "IPv6: Impact on Cable Networks" is $250 for SCTE members and $325 for non-members. Students who successfully complete "IPv6: Impact on Cable Networks" will receive an SCTE course certificate and recertification units (RUs) toward their SCTE certification renewal.

Created to deal with the imminent depletion of the IPv4 address space and to provide global routing scalability, IPv6 uses a 128-bit addressing structure to create a pool of 340  undecillion (10 x 1038) addresses. Using IPv6, cable operators will be able to provide individual addressing to billions of network devices in the future.