Category: RIPE

How Did Estonia Grow From Near 0% IPv6 To 8% In 7 Months?

How did the country of Estonia grow from close to 0% IPv6 deployment to almost 8% in about 7 months?  What did the network operators there do?  By way of a tweet today we learned that RIPE Labs published this great IPv6 case study about the Estonian growth. The story also includes this impressive chart from Akamai’s State of the Internet report:

Estonia IPv6 growth

That shows the growth of IPv6 usage through March 2015 – and today Google’s IPv6 statistics put Estonian usage at 7.75% (as of June 2, 2015) and APNIC’s IPv6 stats show the country hitting over 8% in late May 2015:

Estonian IPv6 usageSooo… how did they do this?

Well, we should really direct you to the APNIC Labs guest post from Tarko Tikan of Estonian Telecom:

and also his recent presentation, “Enabling and Securing IPv6 in Service Provider Networks “:

A couple of high-level points I took away from the material:

  • They did not try to justify the IPv6 deployment on its own – instead they folded it into a planned project to replace their broadband network gateway (BNG).
  • They made sure they had a fall-back mechanism in place so that customers would not notice any issues with IPv6.
  • They paid a great amount of attention to the customer premises equipment (CPE) and rolled out IPv6-capable CPE in advance of the deployment.
  • They used access control lists (ACLs) to be able to limit and then quickly open up IPv6 deployment to different parts of their network.

Tarko provides some great statistics in his APNIC post:

As for the statistics, we have a total of 250,000 subscribers in our network. We have 38,000+ active IPv6 subscribers (almost 15% of our customer base). Eighty-one percent of these have at least one IPv6-enabled device in the LAN and 70% have more than one.

Again, the article and video provide more information.  Kudos to APNIC Labs for publishing it and for Tarko Tikan for providing the information.

If you want to get your network operating with IPv6, please visit our Start Here page to begin! Consider joining Estonian Telecom and the many other service providers who have made the move to IPv6!

P.S. If you are network operator and enable IPv6, why not join the World IPv6 Launch measurements effort so that your network will appear in our monthly IPv6 measurements?



IPv6 for ISPs: State of deployment and lessons learned – Slides and Video from RIPE70

What is the state of IPv6 deployment within Internet Service Providers (ISPs)?  What lessons can be learned from recent deployments?  At the recent RIPE 70 conference, Aaron Hughes gave a great overview of the current state and lessons that can be learned.  His slides are available as PDF:

IPv6 for ISPs

The video is also available from the RIPE 70 archives.

Not to spoil it too much, but Aaron concludes that yes, indeed, ISPs are deploying IPv6 successfully! :-)

If you want to start deploying IPv6, please visit our Start Here page to get started!


Video: Andrei Robachevsky Introduces MANRS At RIPE 69

At the RIPE 69 meeting today in London, Andrei Robachevsky gave a lightning talk about “How Can We Work Together to Improve the Security and Resilience of the Global Routing System?” where he introduced the MANRS document and asked people to join the initiative.  You can view his slides and watch the video of his presentation:

andrei-ripe69If you are interested in being added to the growing list of participants, please sign up!


BCOP Session At RIPE 69 Streaming Live Now

RIPE 69 logoRight at this moment at the RIPE 69 meeting in London, the RIPE Best Current Operational Practices (BCOP) Task Force is holding its meeting and reviewing a number of different draft BCOP documents.  You can watch live on the RIPE 69 live stream but the session is close to finishing up.  The good news is that all of the slides and video archives are appearing on the RIPE69 BCOP Task Force page almost as soon as they are presented.

The agenda for the meeting is:

A. Opening – Jan Zorz

B. BCOP Around the World – Aaron Hughes

C. Euro-IX IXP BCOPs  – Bijal Sanghani

D. IPv6 Troubleshooting for Helpdesks  – Sander Steffann and Jen Linkova

E. BCP38 + Enterprise and IX Filtering – Aaron Hughes

F. BGP BCOP – Guillaume Valadon

G. Deaggregation by Large Organizations – Iljitsch van Beijnum

H. MANRS (aka Routing Resilience Manifesto) – Andrei Robachevsky

Our team member Jan Žorž is there facilitating the meeting and actively participating as part of our overall efforts to help create more BCOP documents globally.



Video: Geoff Huston on Measuring DNSSEC from the User’s Perspective (RIPE 68)

How do you best measure DNS-related metrics from the perspective of an end user?  How many users are actually using DNSSEC validation?  What countries have the highest level of DNSSEC validation?  What role does Google’s Public DNS play in helping with this?

These are all questions that APNIC’s Geoff Huston addressed in his talk “Measuring DNS from the User’s perspective” at the recent RIPE68 meeting in Warsaw.  His slides are now online with some very interesting charts around DNSSEC validation.  I enjoy listening to Geoff and think you’ll find this quite an interesting talk:


And then… can you set up DNSSEC validation on your own network?  That will help you get the benefit of the added security of DNSSEC in your own usage of the Internet.

Video: IPv6 Security Myths and Reality by Chris Grundemann (RIPE 68)

What is the reality behind IPv6 security?  What is different (or not) about IPv6 vs IPv4 in terms of security?  What are some of the common myths about IPv6 security?  At the recent RIPE 68 conference in Warsaw, Poland, our Chris Grundemann spoke about common beliefs about IPv6 security and what people should really be thinking about.  His talk, “Security in an IPv6 World: Myth & Reality” is now available for viewing from the RIPE 68 site.  His slides are also available for download.

Chris Grundemann at RIPE68When you are done watching, you may want to check out our page on IPv6 security resources to learn more about how you can secure your installation of IPv6.  And if you don’t have IPv6 in your network yet, what are you waiting for?


Congrats on 25 Years of RIPE Meetings – And We’ll Be Promoting Videos From RIPE68

ripe-25-anniversaryAs the RIPE 68 meeting has drawn to a close in Warsaw, Poland, we would just like to take a moment to join with our CEO and many others in congratulating the RIPE community on their 25th anniversary.  Over these past 25 years the RIPE community has done an amazing amount of work together to create a stronger and better Internet.  On a global level, we are all collectively so much better off because of all the work that has happened within the RIPE community. Do check out their “25 Years of RIPE Timeline” to learn more.

We heard from Chris Grundemann and Jan Žorž that the 25th anniversary celebration on Tuesday evening was a great event – and both of them have raved about what an excellent – and exhausting – week this has been for them. As we wrote about last week, they’ve had an extremely busy week with a great amount of activity on IPv6, DNSSEC, securing BGP and our BCOP and  Operators and the IETF projects. Outside of that, Jan is also a member of the RIPE Program Committee (and was chosen again for that role) and so he was super-busy with helping with general organizational issues.  Our colleague Andrei Robachevsky was also there being very active on issues around routing resiliency and some of the great work happening there.

One of the great things about the RIPE meetings is how quickly they make the videos and presentations available for viewing.  There were some outstanding presentations at this RIPE 68 meeting in Warsaw, and so we’ll be highlighting and promoting some of the sessions that we found most valuable and interesting.  We’ve already started this yesterday with a post about Chris’ presentation about operators and the IETF, but we’ll be doing more of that over the next few weeks.

Congrats again to the RIPE community on their 25th anniversary - and we look forward to seeing all that will happen over the next 25 years!

Video: Chris Grundemann on our “Operators and the IETF” Project (RIPE 68)

What is our “Operators and the IETF” project all about?  Why should you care?  How can you help?  Chris Grundemann is in Warsaw this week at the RIPE 68 meeting and the video is now available (as are his slides) of his lightning talk:

ripe68-grundemann-operatorsIf you are interested in helping more, please check out our project page – and take the online survey! Thanks!



Deploy360 at RIPE68 May 12-16 in Warsaw: IPv6, BCOP and more

RIPE 68Next week will be an extremely busy week for two of our team members at the RIPE 68 meeting happening May 12-16 in Warsaw, Poland. Both Jan Žorž and Chris Grundemann will be there and as Jan is also a member of the Program Committee he has a very active week there.

Looking at the very packed RIPE 68 Meeting Plan, the week looks like this:


First, Chris Grundemann will be speaking in the “Lightning Talks” plenary session happening sometime between 16:00-17:30 about our “Operators and the IETF” project and what we are doing to try to get more network operators involved with the IETF standards process.

Jan will be chairing one of the early plenary sessions but his main activity will be the Best Current Operational Practices (BCOP) Taskforce meeting happening Monday night.  Several aspects:

  • Jan is chairing the overall session along with Benno Overeinder
  • Jan will be speaking about the document on “IPv6 Troubleshooting for Helpdesks”, of which he is one of the editors
  • Our colleague Andrei Robachevsky will be speaking about the “Code of Conduct” initiative

Jan, as you may be aware, also heads up our effort focused on getting more BCOP documentation out there.


Chris will be speaking in the 11:00-12:30 plenary session on the topic of “Security in an IPv6 World: Myth & Reality” looking at IPv6 security issues.

I’ll note that later in the day (16:00-17:30) there will be a session celebrating 25 years of RIPE which will be great to see! (And congratulations are certainly due to everyone in the RIPE community on hitting that milestone!)


On Wednesday we don’t have any specific Deploy360-related presentations, although Jan will be presenting as an individual in a session about the address policy working group.


For us, Thursday will be all about the IPv6 Working Group, with multiple activities:

  • Jan and Sander Steffann will be presenting about the work underway to update the RIPE-554 requirements for IPv6 in ICT equipment.
  • Jan and Benno Overeinder will be speaking again about the BCOP document for IPv6 troubleshooting for helpdesks.

You can expect to find both Jan and Chris in that session given the other very interesting presentations as well.

While there in Warsaw both Chris and Jan are very interested to talk to people about how we can help you with your deployment of IPv6, DNSSEC or the other topics we cover.  If you’d like to meet with either of them, you can find them in the sessions above – or email us at

Next DNS-OARC Meeting May 10-11, 2014, Before RIPE68 in Warsaw

dns-oarcIf you are interested in all matters related to DNS, including DNSSEC, the next meeting of the DNS Operations Analysis and Research Center (DNS-OARC) will take place May 10-11, 2014, in Warsaw, Poland.  Sponsored this time by Microsoft, the “OARC 2014 Spring Workshop” is immediately before the RIPE 68 meeting taking place in the same location.

The agenda for the OARC 2014 Spring Workshop is still evolving but already includes a range of what look like excellent presentations related to DNSSEC and other similar topics.  The attendee list, too, is also filling up with many people with deep experience from across the industry.

It should be an excellent event for those interested in DNS and DNSSEC!

Meeting registration is free if you can get to Warsaw.  If you were already planning to go to the RIPE 68 meeting why not go a couple of days earlier and immerse yourself in DNS? :-)