Christan Jacquenet

Presentation abstract

Deploying IPv6: The Global Approach of France Telecom

IPv6 is the only perennial solution to global IPv4 address depletion. IPv6 is therefore the cornerstone for pan-business development, covering residential, corporate and wholesale markets, as well as fixed and mobile environments.

France Telecom has therefore launched the group-wise IPv6 program back in 2008 to (1) define the strategy for introducing IPv6 in the network and service infrastructures of the group, and to (2) drive the enforcement of this strategy in close collaboration with the country affiliates of the group, taking into account specific technological constraints and business challenges.

The proposed talk aims at presenting the basics of France Telecom’s IPv6 strategy. It will also discuss the operational IPv6 experience that has been gained so far, through the example of specific use cases that yielded the organization of the very first IPv6 pilot deployments in 2010.

Issues raised by the forthcoming transition period where global IPv4 addresses become a scarce resource will also be discussed, stressing the need for rationalizing usage of remaining IPv4 address blocks while encouraging the deployment of IPv6. 

Finally, the presentation will highlight the promising business perspectives brought by the massive introduction of IPv6, especially for the emerging markets of Machine-to-Machine communication and mobile data services.


Christian JACQUENET graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Marseille. In 1989, he joined the national directorate of France Telecom where he was in charge of the specification and of the technical support related to the deployment of the first internetworking service offerings of France Telecom.

In 1993, he joined the research labs of France Telecom (FTR&D) and, from 1993 to 1997, he has been working as an R&D engineer involved in the specification, the development and the evaluation of ATM-based internetworking service offerings.

From 1997 to 2002, he’s been the head of an R&D team which was in charge of the conception, the specification, the development and the validation of new IP service offerings, including IP multicast networks, and dynamic provisioning techniques.

From 2002 to 2005, he’s been the head of the “IP services and architectures” team within the Long Distance Networks directorate of France Telecom, where he’s involved in the specification and the development of France Telecom’s IP network design strategies.

From 2005 to 2008, Christian JACQUENET was the Director of Standards for France Telecom R&D, and chaired the board of the Home Gateway Initiative ( He was also a member of the IPsphere Forum’s board of directors (, and involved in IPTV service standardization activities through his vice-chairmanship within the IPTV Focus Group that was created by ITU-T.

He’s now the Director of the Strategic Program Office for the evolution of the IP backbones operated by France Telecom’s Group, and he’s responsible of the Group-wise IPv6 Program that aims at defining (and driving the enforcement of ) the IPv6 strategy of France Telecom.

He authored and co-authored several Internet drafts and RFC in the field of dynamic routing protocols and provisioning techniques, as well as several papers in the field of (multicast) traffic engineering and automated production of services.

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