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On This 8th World IPv6 Launchiversary, Help Us Get More Websites Available Over IPv6

Eight years ago, on June 6, 2012, thousands of companies and organizations came together as part of World IPv6 Launch to permanently enable IPv6 for their websites and networks.

Today, we can see the success! If you visit the World IPv6 Launch measurements site, you can see some amazing numbers:

  • Reliance Jio’s network in India has over 90% IPv6 deployment!
  • Comcast’s huge network in the US is at 73% IPv6.
  • The combined US wireless carriers are over 85% IPv6.
  • Deutsche Telekom is over 68% IPv6.
  • Claro in Brazil is at 62% IPv6.

Another major source of info, Google’s IPv6 statistics, show that over 30% of all traffic to Googles sites globally is now over IPv6. If you look at Google’s per-country IPv6 adoption, some countries are seeing up around 50% of all traffic to Google’s properties going over IPv6.

This is all fantastic to see. But of course, we want more IPv6 deployment!

Specifically, we want more web sites and services available over IPv6. Increasing numbers of IPv6-only mobile networks are being deployed around the world. To ensure that people can reach websites that are still only available over IPv4, many IPv6-only networks use IPv6-to-IPv4 gateways. But we want everyone to be able to reach every website as fast as possible, without having to go through gateways, which can slow down access. So, we need more sites to have native IPv6 connections.

To do this, we need your help!

Is your site IPv6-ready? First, you can test your own web site(s) with the Internet.nl test site.

If Internet.nl says your site already supports IPv6, then congratulations! You are all set to have people connect over IPv6 to your site.

If your site does not support IPv6 yet, as part of our Open Standards Everywhere project in 2020, we are providing documentation to help people operating web servers make their sites available over IPv6.

We would like your feedback on the documents we have so far.

If you operate your own web server running on an actual server or a virtual machine, we have instructions for Apache or NGINX web servers.

If you are using a content delivery network (CDN) in front of your web server, the reality is that many CDNs already support IPv6 by default. We have a list of CDNs we know support IPv6. If your CDN is not on the list, please let us know! And if your CDN does not support IPv6, please let them know that these other CDNs do – and perhaps that you might consider switching. 😉

If you host your web site with a web hosting provider, we are looking to build a list of web hosting providers who do and do not support IPv6 for websites. We have an open issue on GitHub where we are seeking input.

In all of these cases, we would appreciate your feedback. If you use GitHub, you can open a new issue (or reply to a current one). Alternatively, you can send me email or contact me on Twitter.)

With your help, we can create even stronger documentation that can help even more people make their sites available over IPv6!

Want to be more involved with the Open Standards Everywhere project?

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Video – Vint Cerf on the 6th anniversary of World IPv6 Launch and why IPv6 is so critical now

Today, on the sixth anniversary of World IPv6 Launch, Vint Cerf, co-designer of the TCP/IP protocol and a “Father of the Internet”, sent us this video message to share with you all:

To learn more about IPv6, read our State of IPv6 Deployment 2018. And if you have not yet started, visit our Deploy360 IPv6 resources to learn how you can begin.

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Six Years After: State of IPv6 Deployment 2018

On the sixth anniversary of World IPv6 Launch, we’re sharing an updated report on the State of IPv6 Deployment in 2018. It really is staggering how far IPv6 deployment has progressed in six years. In mid-2012, Google measured less than 1% of users accessing their services over IPv6. Today that figure is getting close to 25%. Several major operators now deliver the majority of traffic from major content sources like Google, Akamai and Facebook over IPv6. Individual operators, like T-Mobile USA, have deployed IPv6-only networks for their subscribers.

Seven years ago, the Internet Society helped to organize World IPv6 Day, where thousands of ISPs and websites joined together for a successful, global-scale, 24-hour trial of IPv6. A year later, for World IPv6 Launch, major ISPs, home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world permanently enabled IPv6 for their products and services.

To help showcase the progress made in the six years since World IPv6 Launch we are sharing:

– an updated report on the State of IPv6 Deployment 2018
– an infographic that clearly shows the scale and scope of IPv6 deployment
– and a fun quiz for you to test and share your knowledge of the State of IPv6 Deployment

To help you get started, here are SIX facts about IPv6 deployment in 2018:

1. Many of the major network operators in the U.S., Europe and Asia have massively deployed IPv6. For example, in the U.S. T-Mobile has 93 percent, in India Reliance Jio has 87 percent, in the U.K. British Sky Broadcasting has 86 percent and in Belgium VOO has 73 percent IPv6 deployment.

2. Nearly half a billion people use IPv6 among just the top 15 ISPs combined. India’s Reliance Jio has the most IPv6 users with 237 million, the United States’ Comcast is number two with 36 million and the United States’ AT&T is third with 30 million. Reliance Jio activated over 200 million subscribers with IPv6 connectivity in just nine months, between September 2016 and June 2017.

3. IPv6 deployment is global, and the top 10 countries using the new protocol are Belgium, Greece, Germany, the U.S., Uruguay, India, Switzerland, Japan, Malaysia and Brazil. Belgium was the first country in the world where the majority of connections to IPv6-capable content providers used IPv6.

4. 80 percent of smartphones in the US on the major cellular network operators (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) use IPv6. Less than three years ago this was under 40 percent.

5. In 2012, less than one in a hundred connections to Google services used IPv6. Today that number is nearly one in four.

6. Many of the largest Internet content providers and content delivery networks provide IPv6 service by default. 28 percent of the Alexa Top 1000 websites are IPv6-enabled, including large streaming video services.

Our core recommendations are to:

(a) start deploying IPv6 now if you haven’t already,
(b) use established RFP requirements like RIPE-554: Requirements for IPv6 in ICT Equipment, and
(c) take advantage of existing IPv6 deployment information including the Internet Society’s Deploy360 Program.

Here are some links to other resources sharing data and celebrating IPv6 deployment around the world in 2018:

IPv6 deployment will continue growing as more operators start and grow their deployments around the world, and new content and hosting providers enable IPv6 for their customers. As we mark this milestone in IPv6 deployment history, we wish all our readers a Happy Launchiversary!

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New State of IPv6 Deployment Report

World IPv6 Launch LogoToday marks five years since World IPv6 Launch and today the Internet Society released a new landmark paper on the State of IPv6 Deployment 2017. Sometimes IPv6 deployment seems slow, but it really is moving along nicely and when we  stop to compare then and now we see huge improvements.

From Mat Ford’s blog post, the highlights of the paper include:

  • IPv6 has increased 3000% since the beginning of World IPv6 Launch five years ago.
  • Deployment is occurring around the globe: Measurements show 37 countries exceed 5% of traffic is IPv6 to major content providers.
  • Over 25% of the Alexa Top 1000 websites are reachable using IPv6.
  • Some networks are now IPv6-only internally (e.g. JPNE, T-Mobile USA, SoftBank), and some major networks are now majority-IPv6 (e.g. RelianceJIO, Verizon Wireless, SkyBroadcasting, XS4ALL).
  • Some organizations are in the process of turning off IPv4 within their networks and/or data centers to reduce network complexity and cost (e.g. T-Mobile, Facebook, LinkedIn).
  • The Internet Society’s core recommendations are to: (a) start now if you haven’t already, (b) use established RFP requirements like RIPE-554: Requirements for IPv6 in ICT Equipment, and (c) take advantage of existing IPv6 deployment information including the Internet Society’s Deploy360 Program.

There’s also already a ITWorld article on the paper including an interview with Fred Baker, Internet Society consultant and author, and Mat Ford, one of our colleagues: http://www.itworld.com/article/3199930/networking/dont-be-left-behind-by-ipv6-deployment-isoc-warns-enterprises.html

We wish all of you a Happy Launchiversary! Where are you on your deployment transition journey? You can visit our main IPv6 Page for all the resources, or use the guided Start Here page to help you. Looking for something specific and can’t find it? Let us know!

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IPv6 in Mobile Networks in CircleID's Top 10 Topics of 2016

We are proud to see IPv6, World IPv6 Launch, and our colleague Mat Ford in CircleID’s Top 10 Posts of 2016. The article “IPv6 Now Dominant Protocol for Traffic Among Major US Mobile Providers” from August 2016 ranked #1 on the site with over 16,000 views.

As you can see in the graph above, IPv6 in mobile networks has come a long way, growing from about 37% to over 50% when that post was published in August 2016, to now 61.76% in January 2017.

It’s not just mobile operators that are continuing to make progress, though. The latest Google IPv6 Statistics show over 15% of *all* traffic to Google’s servers is now done over IPv6. If you think back to June 2012 when World IPv6 Launch happened, that number was closer to 1%.

Keep up the great work, network operators!

It’s exciting to see so much progress, but clearly there’s still a lot of work to be done. Interested in deploying IPv6 on your own network? We can help! Check out our “START HERE” section, or skip straight to the IPv6 section of the website and look around. If you don’t find what you need, talk to us! We may have it, or might be able to create it. We are here to help get these numbers even higher!

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World IPv6 Launch: Four Years On…

World IPv6 Launch logoFour years ago today – 6 June 2012 – was World IPv6 Launch that aimed to fundamentally change the Internet by making the IPv6 the new norm for service providers, device manufacturers and of course users. And the past year has seen some very strong growth in IPv6 with a number of major ISPs deploying it, others announcing plans to do so, and nearly 12% of the traffic hitting the Google servers coming from an IPv6 connection.

There was a great start to the new year when Google’s IPv6 measurements hit 10%, as we highlighted at the time on our Deploy360 blog as well as over on Internet Technology Matters. This represented a yearly increase of more than 70% in the number of users accessing Google with IPv6.

Google-May2016

More remarkably though, our recent IPv6 Launch Network Operator measurements show IPv6 deployment in a number of ISPs to be reaching nearly 50%, and the percentage of Alexa Top 1000 websites currently reachable over IPv6 to be approaching 20%. We’ve also seen new deployments all over the globe such as Elion in Estonia, TELUS in Canada, GVT and Vivo in Brazil, KPN, University of Twente and Ziggo in the Netherlands, BSkyB in the UK, SKTelecom in South Korea, Comteco in Bolivia, and Mediacom, Centurylink and Premier Communications in the USA. In aggregate, these providers are now delivering nearly 40% of their traffic over IPv6 to major content providers.

BritishSkyBroadcasting

This strong growth looks set to continue in 2016 as British Sky Broadcasting have announced that they expect to have IPv6 enabled for 92% of their subscribers by the middle of 2016, whilst LinkedIn are not only reporting substantial increases in IPv6 usage in mobile carrier networks, but significantly better performance in TCP timeout when IPv6 is used. Added to this, Apple has required all iOS apps listed in its App Store to work in IPv6-only networks starting from 1 June.

IPv6 is happening, major providers are rolling it out, and usage is building particularly on mobile carrier networks. It’s now clear the supply of IPv4 addresses is running out, and organisations are having to buy existing IPv4 addresses to meet their needs.

If you haven’t joined with the thousands of other organisations that have turned on IPv6 over the past four years, NOW IS THE TIME TO BEGIN!

Please visit our Start Here page to find resources focused on your role or type of organisation, and if you’re a network operator, why not sign up with the World IPv6 Launch measurements project and we’ll start measuring the IPv6 traffic from your networks too!

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Happy Launchiversary, IPv6! Celebrating 4 Years Since World IPv6 Launch

Five years ago, the Internet Society helped organized World IPv6 Day, where thousands of ISPs and websites joined together for a successful, global-scale, 24-hour trial of IPv6. A year later, for World IPv6 Launch, major ISPs, home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world permanently enabled IPv6 for their products and services.

How much progress have we made in the last four years? A LOT! You can read more about the details either on the World IPv6 Launch blog or on the Deploy360 blog, but here are a few highlights taken from those posts:

  • The percentage of users accessing Google services over IPv6 exceeded 12% earlier this month (it was less than 1% four years ago).
  • The percentage of the Alexa Top 1000 websites that are reachable using IPv6 is now close to 20%.
  • IPv6 deployment in a number of ISPs is reaching nearly 50%
  • In aggregate, these providers are now delivering nearly 40% of their traffic over IPv6 to major content providers.

And if you like visuals, look at this beautiful growth chart from Google!

Strong growth is set to continue the rest of this year and beyond with major IPv6 announcements from British Sky Broadcasting, LinkedIn, Apple, and more. Where are you on your IPv6 journey? Please visit the Deploy360 Start Here page to find resources focused on your role or type of organisation, and if you’re a network operator, why not sign up with the World IPv6 Launch measurements project and we’ll start measuring the IPv6 traffic from your networks too!

Happy Launchiversary!

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TELUS Wireless and Wireline IPv6 Statistics

As the engineer responsible for IP Address Management at TELUS, I highlighted the risk of IPv4 exhaustion a few years ago, and with support from executives and the great technical strength of our team we have faced the problem head on for both our home Internet service (wireline) and our mobility service (wireless). According to World IPv6 Launch measurements, we’re in the top 10 globally with 44% of the users on our network enabled to use IPv6.

I have some insight I could keep to myself, but I prefer to share because I hope others in the community will find it interesting or even helpful. Specifically, I have the benefit of looking at how the mix of Wireline and Wireless subscribers and their respective IPv6 enablement fits with the overall TELUS IPv6 deployment result of 45%. This insight in fact opens the door to understanding how many sessions or page loads occur on Wireline networks versus Wireless networks.

Let’s start with our subscriber numbers. As of our most recent quarterly report, TELUS has 1,544,000 wireline Internet connections and 8,421,000 wireless subscribers. What we don’t report there is the percent of IPv6 enablement done for those subscriber groups. Today, 73% of Wireline subscribers have IPv6 enabled, whereas that number is only 2% of Wireless subscribers.

But to give you an idea of the respective scale (remember we have over 8 million wireless subscribers compared to roughly 1.5 million wireline subscribers), the “All Subscribers” graph combines the two.


Now you can see quite clearly that we aren’t anywhere near 45% IPv6 enablement on a subscriber basis. We are quite close to 13% enabled on a subscriber basis. This does not suggest a disconnect between the numbers I am sharing and the measurements shown on the World IPv6 Launch site. Instead, it reveals clues to the relationship between page loads and subscribers.

Running the numbers gave me a chance to see that TELUS Wireline subscribers generate 59% of the page loads despite representing a much smaller percentage of our subscribers (see the green areas in the graph). Further calculations revealed that for every page load generated by a wireless subscriber, our wireline subscribers generate 8.73! Now in a way, this makes sense. Although I am calling them wireline subscribers, this conceals their nature. They are connected homes with couples, families, friends, roommates and tenants occupying them. And not only are there more people behind each one of those subscriptions, but they are likely to do a little more web browsing at home than on the go.

The result of those calculations was to show how 45% of the overall page loads are IPv6 enabled (the dark area in the “Page Loads” graph).


There is one more thought I have on how to use this information. If I could know the average number of people per household I could estimate (on average) how much more we browse the Internet at home versus out over mobile networks. Canada’s population of 35 million lives in a little over 12 million homes, so that there is an average of 2.82 people per home. That 8.73 ratio earlier divided by 2.82 gives us 3.1, telling us that in Canada, as of January 2016, we browse more than three times as much at home as we do on the go.

Like me, you might be wondering how a blog you expected to revolve around IPv6 ended up focusing on the comparison of Canadian browsing habits at home versus out of the home. I hope though that also like me, you leave with the impression that combining various measures can reveal interesting truths. I also leave this blog thinking a little more about how I use the Internet. One thing remains absolutely clear; it is incredible to have the Internet at our fingertips whether we are at sitting a desk, reclining on a couch or out with friends.

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Celebrating New Year 2016 with 10% IPv6!

Every Monday morning, as a matter of ritual it seems, I check the Google IPv6 adoption graph to see the latest numbers. Today, I was thrilled to see it finally top 10%! That means that 10% (10.41% on January 1, to be precise) of the traffic hitting Google’s servers – a pretty good indicator of overall Internet traffic – is coming from an IPv6 connection.

We consider hitting the 10% mark a major milestone. It was just over a year ago that the number crossed 5%, which we reported at the time. It’s taken a little longer than a year to double from that number but still it has doubled in close to a year and that’s a pretty good growth rate. I’m very happy to see that.

We made an ambitious prediction in early 2014 that we would see the 10% mark by the end of 2014. We knew at the time that was an ambitious prediction and it turned out to be wildly ambitious. We were coming off a year of impressive growth in 2013 and it was conceivable that we would see something close to that number. Growth slowed in 2014, but seems to have settled into a steady upward trajectory. For those of you who are statistically inclined, Eric Vyncke has a great tool that allows you to make some predictions about IPv6 growth.

IPv6 deployment is important for the future of the Internet. IPv6 is the protocol that gives us truly global addressing for every device that attaches to the Internet. In addition to all the screens that we use in all aspects of our lives every day now, we anticipate an explosion of other smart devices attaching to the Internet in the coming years. The Internet Society’s recent paper on the Internet of Things just begins to scratch the surface on the IP addressing needs, but it’s an area we expect to have a big impact on IPv6 deployment.

Much remains to be done to see pervasive IPv6 in the Internet. We’ve seen significant broadband deployments across the world, and more recently we are encouraged to see uptake of IPv6 in mobile networks. Verizon Wireless deployed IPv6 early and both they and T-Mobile USA have large IPv6 deployments. It is encouraging to note that the four major US mobile operators now all have measurable IPv6 deployments. In addition, SK Telecom, the largest mobile operator in South Korea, also has a large deployment of IPv6. So IPv6 deployment in mobile networks is also taking hold now.

When Google reports that IPv6 adoption is at 10% from their perspective, it’s another opportunity for operators of network infrastructure connected to the Internet to take note.

My Google IPv6 graph habit is no doubt nerdy, but I’ve been working on IPv6 in one way or another for more than 15 years. It’s great to see it deployed and growing consistently, year-over-year, and to be able to report on that trend over a period of a few years. I look forward to seeing that number continue to increase!

We think 2016 is off to a great start so far. So, what are your plans for IPv6 deployment in your network in 2016? Let us know!

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Swisscom Doubles IPv6 Deployment – Verizon Wireless Hits 70% IPv6

Some great news for IPv6 advocates in the latest August 2015 World IPv6 Launch measurements. As our colleague Mat Ford writes, Swisscom doubled their deployment over the past few months to near 40%!

Swisscom IPv6 statistics

Meanwhile, Verizon Wireless continues its steady climb to where the sites measuring activity are now seeing 70% IPv6 deployment from Verizon’s network:

Verizon Wireless IPv6

It continues to be fun to watch this trend line grow up and to the right!

Many more statistics are available at the World IPv6 Launch measurements page. As Mat notes, Telekom Malaysia entered the top ten networks based on the methodology used (see the bottom of the page to learn more).  Congrats to the folks there in Malaysia for making this happen!

If you want to expand your IPv6 efforts, please visit our Start Here page to find resources to help!

And if you are a network operator with IPv6 deployed, why not sign up to join into the World IPv6 Launch measurements effort?  It’s free to you and it will help us continue to understand and measure the transition to IPv6!

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Celebrating The 3rd “Launchiversary” Of World IPv6 Launch

World IPv6 Launch logoThree years ago today, on June 6, 2012, the Internet fundamentally changed as IPv6 became “the new normal” for thousands of websites, hundreds of Internet service providers, many device manufacturers and in so many other systems and services.  This was all part of “World IPv6 Launch” where all those participants came together to permanently enable IPv6 for their networks, websites and devices.

Every since that time, we’ve continued to chronicle the ongoing growth of IPv6 both here on the Deploy360 blog and also on the World IPv6 Launch blog.  The ongoing World IPv6 Launch measurements continue to show the momentum happening on networks all around the world. Here’s that fantastic chart we saw last month from Verizon Wireless’ network coming in over 70% IPv6:

Verizon Wireless IPv6 measurements

The momentum keeps on building and building…  we see it in all the different IPv6 statistics sites.  Look at this chart from Google’s IPv6 stats:

Google IPv6 statsGrowing from under 1% in June 2012 to now right around 7% just three years later!

The growth in IPv6 deployment IS happening.   The supply of IPv4 addresses IS running out (see ARIN’s note that they will officially be all out shortly for North America). Companies ARE having to pay higher prices to obtain existing IPv4 addresses.

It’s happening. NOW.

If you haven’t joined with the thousands of other companies that turned on IPv6 three years ago today, NOW IS THE TIME TO BEGIN! Please visit our Start Here page to find resources focused on your role or type of organization.

Congratulations to all the companies and organizations that made the move 3 years ago and in the time since. We look forward to celebrating more “Launchiversaries”… until that time when it won’t matter any more because IPv4 will no longer be the default.

It’s time to make the move to IPv6! Please do it today!

P.S. And after you do, if you are a network operator, why not sign up with the World IPv6 Launch measurements project and we’ll start measuring the IPv6 traffic from your networks, too!

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Celebrating The 3rd "Launchiversary" Of World IPv6 Launch

World IPv6 Launch logoThree years ago today, on June 6, 2012, the Internet fundamentally changed as IPv6 became “the new normal” for thousands of websites, hundreds of Internet service providers, many device manufacturers and in so many other systems and services.  This was all part of “World IPv6 Launch” where all those participants came together to permanently enable IPv6 for their networks, websites and devices.

Every since that time, we’ve continued to chronicle the ongoing growth of IPv6 both here on the Deploy360 blog and also on the World IPv6 Launch blog.  The ongoing World IPv6 Launch measurements continue to show the momentum happening on networks all around the world. Here’s that fantastic chart we saw last month from Verizon Wireless’ network coming in over 70% IPv6:

Verizon Wireless IPv6 measurements

The momentum keeps on building and building…  we see it in all the different IPv6 statistics sites.  Look at this chart from Google’s IPv6 stats:

Google IPv6 statsGrowing from under 1% in June 2012 to now right around 7% just three years later!

The growth in IPv6 deployment IS happening.   The supply of IPv4 addresses IS running out (see ARIN’s note that they will officially be all out shortly for North America). Companies ARE having to pay higher prices to obtain existing IPv4 addresses.

It’s happening. NOW.

If you haven’t joined with the thousands of other companies that turned on IPv6 three years ago today, NOW IS THE TIME TO BEGIN! Please visit our Start Here page to find resources focused on your role or type of organization.

Congratulations to all the companies and organizations that made the move 3 years ago and in the time since. We look forward to celebrating more “Launchiversaries”… until that time when it won’t matter any more because IPv4 will no longer be the default.

It’s time to make the move to IPv6! Please do it today!

P.S. And after you do, if you are a network operator, why not sign up with the World IPv6 Launch measurements project and we’ll start measuring the IPv6 traffic from your networks, too!