“So what?”, I’m sure some of you are saying… yes, I admit, 2% is a tiny amount of traffic, but consider what Phil Roberts wrote in an Internet Technology Matters post this morning:
Google crossed the 1% threshold on 27 October 2012, and there are now more than twice as many IPv6-connected users since World IPv6 Launch on 6 June 2012. 2013 marks the third straight year global IPv6 usage has doubled.
So in just slightly less than a year, the amount of IPv6 traffic has doubled … and after so many years with so little growth the trend line now is moving in the right direction!
The World IPv6 Launch measurements and the many other sites tracking IPv6 deployment statistics are all showing similar trends. Phil’s post also mentions some of the large deployments of IPv6 that have happened this past year:
- Telefonica del Peru in South America roll out IPv6 on a large scale
- Deutsche Telekom in Germany and Swisscom in Switzerland launch their IPv6 deployments
- Time Warner Cable in North America join other major North American network operators with its own IPv6 offering
- Two operators in Singapore, StarHub and M1, start rolling out IPv6 for their end users
The Internet is changing… and IPv6 is well on its way to becoming “the new normal”. The move is happening, and your choice is to continue to ignore it… or to get out in front and not get left behind.
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