The service will offer a wide range of possible implementations. Some organizations may only want to build out an IPv6 backbone while keeping the end devices running on IPv4, or vice-versa. Other organizations may only want selected parts of their networks to be IPv6-capable.
"We are pretty much open to different options," Rahman said. "We will work with the customer to find the best options."
A vocal proponent of IPv6, Verizon expects upgrading its own backbone network to the new protocol will take 18 months. It will run a dual stack of both IPv6 and IPv4 over its MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) network core.
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