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The Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) recently held a training program for Mobile Operators, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and other stakeholders from public and private sectors in Lebanon. The attendees met at the Intercontinental Phoenicia hotel to spend three days together learning how to work with Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and deploy it on their networks.

Lebanon is the fourth country in the region to have started implementation of IPv6 following Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Oman. The event drew focus on issues and concepts in IPv6 both basic and advanced. A key part of the training provided was aimed at examining differences and similarities between IPv4 and IPv6 security, helping attendees refine core capabilities vital for implementation in their core networks.

Chafic Chaya, Regional Communications Manager at RIPE NCC, commented that: “We work to help network operator’s future-proof their networks through our training courses. The training program was conducted amid the rapid development of Internet services worldwide, which are now considered fundamental to a country’s socio-economic development, especially with the economic situation that Lebanon is actually facing. It is a testament to the RIPE NCC’s commitment to promoting sustainable Internet development as a main driver for the economic growth. By sharing our expertise in Beirut, we showed that we continue to live up to our mission of supporting our members and ensuring the growth and safety of the Internet in the country and region.”

The RIPE NCC continues to develop training programs and other initiatives to provide technical expertise related to Internet infrastructure and to raise awareness about major challenges in the virtual world such as IPv6 deployment, security, peering and Internet governance issues.

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