This week, on 6 June, we mark two years since World IPv6 Launch in 2012. It’s worthwhile taking a moment to reflect on what has happened in those two years – there’s a new infographic on the World IPv6 Launch site on that – and what remains still to be done. Mat Ford wrote a post on the World IPv6 Launch blog observing how v6 has grown measurably in the last two years. The choice of “Launch” to describe this was an excellent one. It was the beginning of IPv6 deployment on a large commercial scale that continues to accelerate as more and more network operators enable IPv6 for their users. It’s very gratifying to see such good progress.
But it’s not yet time to relax our efforts to get more IPv6 deployed. The effort is more like a marathon than a sprint, and persistent effort is still needed. What I would most like to see is a stronger commitment to IPv6 deployment from mobile operators around the world. Both Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA in North America have substantial and growing deployments showing that it is indeed possible for mobile networks to deploy. I’ve heard privately from several mobile operators that they are working vigorously to make similar offering in their networks so I’m hopeful we will begin to see more IPv6 from mobile networks in the coming months.
It would also be great to see more of the popular websites enable IPv6 for their services. It’s great that the five most visited English language websites use IPv6 (Google, YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo!, and Wikipedia) and that the percentage of Alexa 1000 sites using IPv6 has continued to increase. I’d be really happy to look at a chart and see the 50 most visited sites all using IPv6, or even the top 25.
Content and hosting companies are helping make more content available over IPv6. For example, CloudFlare enabled IPv6 for all their hosted sites earlier this year. This is an excellent step in the right direction and sets a great example for other companies.
It’s been two years since World IPv6 Launch began, but you can still get involved. Help us celebrate this week, read the official World IPv6 Launch blog, watch our Deploy360 blog for real-world case studies from organizations of all sizes deploying IPv6, and of course follow us on all our social media channels.
What are you doing to deploy IPv6 on your network?