Category: WorldIPv6Launch

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!

Verizon Wireless Nears 70% IPv6, AT&T Crosses 50%, More…

The latest World IPv6 Launch measurements are out for May 15 and as my colleague Mat Ford explains in a blog post, there’s a lot of great momentum happening! My attention was drawn to the fact that Verizon Wireless is at 69.1%… at their current rate they should cross over 70% by next month:

Verizon Wireless IPv6 measurements

As Mat noted, AT&T broke through the 50% IPv6 mark this month and has the kind of growth chart you love to see:


Looking at the May measurements, T-Mobile USA also continues their solid growth as do Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Telefonica del Peru.

Mat’s post also dives into some of the newer entrants such as Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Telecom Company.

All around great news to see!  IPv6 deployment is happening! :-)

If you’ve started deploying IPv6 in your network, why not sign up to have your network counted in the measurements?  It’s free and you’ll help the global technical community gain more insight into the true status of IPv6 deployment.

And if you haven’t started with IPv6 yet, please do visit our Start Here page to find resources to get going!  The time is now!

T-Mobile USA Crosses 50% IPv6 Deployment, Verizon Wireless 65%, AT&T 38%

Great news for IPv6 deployment! Our colleague Mat Ford just wrote about the February 2015 World IPv6 Launch measurements and noted that T-Mobile USA crossed over the 50% IPv6 deployment mark!

T-Mobile USA IPv6 deployment

They join fellow North American wireless carrier Verizon Wireless who has been in the “over 50% IPv6″ club for a while now and this month is right at the 65% mark (64.57% if you want to be precise):

Verizon Wireless IPv6 deployment

Looking at the measurements for February 2015, you can see other great numbers:  XS4ALL in the Netherlands is now at almost 60%, Telenet grew to 56%, Comcast is nearing 36%, AT&T has jumped to 38%, and Time Warner Cable continues on a nice trend line at 14%.

World IPv6 Launch measurementsTo better understand these measurements, you can scroll to the bottom of the measurements page and see more about how the partners contribute their data to the measurements project.  Current partners include: Akamai, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Yahoo!

What these measurements show very clearly is that IPv6 deployment is happening right now – and if you haven’t been paying attention, you really need to be looking at what you can do to ensure your networks and content will work with the IPv6-enabled Internet.  Please visit our Start Here page to find resources that will help you begin!


T-Mobile USA Hits 43% IPv6, Verizon Wireless at 59%, AT&T at 25% in Oct 2014 Measurements

More great IPv6 news this month with the October 2014 World IPv6 Launch measurements.  As our colleague Mat Ford notes, T-Mobile USA entered the “top 10″ networks this month and has grown from 5% to 43% IPv6 within the last 12 months!  Congrats to the whole team there at T-Mobile USA!

T-Mobile USA

Verizon Wireless’ relentless increase continued, too, driven by their growth of their IPv6-based LTE network. They are now flirting with the 60% mark… so you can probably anticipate my headline next month!


Continuing the trend in North American mobile networks, AT&T, too, saw a nice increase, coming in at 24.99% (so let’s call that 25%, eh?):



The growth in IPv6 was global, of course, and in the top networks Deutsche Telekom showed a nice growth line at 28.05%:


Mat Ford also noted in his post that SKTelecom, one of the largest South Korean mobile network operators, has just started an IPv6 rollout and so we should see their growth over the next while.

If you have IPv6 running on your network and would like to be measured as part of this program, please do register to join the program.

And if you haven’t started doing anything with IPv6 yet, please check out our Start Here page to find resources tailored for your type of organization or role.  As these charts show, IPv6 is happening!


Facebook Moving To An IPv6-Only Internal Network

In a brilliant presentation by Facebook’s Paul Saab at the recent v6 World Congress in Paris, he outlined how Facebook is well on the path toward moving to an IPv6-only internal network. He makes the point that why should you deal with the headache of maintaining a dual-stack (IPv4/IPv6). Instead just move your internal network to be IPv6-only and then have dual-stack devices on the edge of the network to interact with the legacy IPv4 Internet. You can download a copy of the slides (and view commentary in the IPv6 Group on Facebook) to read all about the process, but here’s the key summary slide 31:


Those statistics are:

  • 100% of  hosts they care about respond on IPv6  (Hosts that are not IPv6 ready are going away.)
  • 75% of internal traffic is now IPv6 with a goal to be at 100% by Q3 2014 or earlier
  • 98% of traffic in and out of HHVM is IPv6
  • 100% of our memcache traffic is IPv6
  • A goal of being 100% IPv6-only in 2-3 years

Very impressive to see!  Paul’s presentation is worth viewing because he outlines the challenges that Facebook faced from dealing with vendor equipment to getting developers to use IPv6.  It’s a great case study that we’ve added to our IPv6 case studies page.  We wrote about this presentation back in March, but it’s worth repeating today on World IPv6 Launchiversary #2.

Facebook very clearly understands the need to move to the production version of the Internet – and they are taking steps to ensure that their site and services will be available to the next 5 billion people who come online!  They are going to be out in front of most other companies with having made the transition over to IPv6.

What are you waiting for?  Visit our “Start Here” page or  check out our IPv6 resources  – and let us know if there is anything more we can do to help you!

Verizon Wireless Passes 50% IPv6 Deployment!

To all the doubters out there saying IPv6 ”will never happen”, on this World IPv6 Launchiversary let us just point you to the latest World IPv6 Launch measurements that show Verizon Wireless being the first of the top 10 largest networks to cross over the 50% IPv6 deployment mark!

Over 50% IPv6!

Verizon Wireless 50% IPv6

…as measured by Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Akamai. That’s a remarkable achievement – and if you look at the rest of the top 10 you’ll see that other networks are not far behind.  As our colleague Mat Ford writes, IPv6 measurements are going “up and to the right”!

IPv6 deployment IS happening.

We are moving on from the “experimental” version of the Internet to the “production” version.  The smart companies are already making the move. Where are you?  If you haven’t already started deploying IPv6, now would be a really good time to start!

Congrats to the team at Verizon Wireless for all the IPv6 they have enabled with their LTE network – we are looking forward to seeing this percentage grow, and to seeing other networks join them in crossing this milestone!

Vint Cerf: We Need To Move To The Production Version Of The Internet (IPv6)

We need to stop running the experimental version of the Internet and move to the production version of the Internet running IPv6!  This was one of the key points made by Vint Cerf in a Google+ Hangout back in April 2014.  We wrote about the event then, but today on World IPv6 Launchiversary it is definitely worth sharing again.  As Vint notes, when the Internet was first being created, it was always a grand experiment.  Many of the folks involved thought that at some point we’d leave the “experimental” Internet behind and move to the “production” version… but yet many people haven’t yet made that leap!  Vint asked everyone to contact their Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and ask when they will be able to get IPv6… and we’d ask you again to please do that today!

The interview with Vint Cerf covers a wide range of topics about the Internet… if you have some time it’s a great video to watch.  And then… if you haven’t yet moved to the production version of the Internet, please visit our “Start Here” pages to find out how you can get going with IPv6 today!

Check Out The New 2-Year World IPv6 Launchiversary Infographic!

Today in celebration of the second anniversary of World IPv6 Launch, there is a new infographic available that talks about what has changed with IPv6 since June 6, 2012.  You can find it at or by clicking the image below.  Please do share it with people to let them know how millions of people around the world are now able to communicate over IPv6!

UPDATE: You can now also download a PDF version of the 2014 infographic if you would like a version for printing or sharing as a PDF.


Mexico’s AXTEL Provides Excellent IPv6 Lessons Learned And Recommendations

What are the key lessons AXTEL, Mexico’s second-largest telecommunications operator, learned in deploying IPv6 across their network?  What did they do?  What do they wish they’d known before they got started?  In an excellent case study we’ve published from AXTEL this week, they walk through the phases they went through in planning their deployment of IPv6 and then get into their lessons learned and recommendations. Their slides are available for viewing:

AXTEL IPv6 case study cover image

As far as the lessons they’ve learned, their “In Retrospective” section states that if they could return to the beginning of their IPv6 project, they wish they could have had:

  • More insight regarding how each of our different equipment providers were doing towards their evolution to IPv6.
  • The possibility to talk to another provider that had already implemented IPv6 in their network and learn from their experiences.
  • Support from our providers with people/team that had hands-on experience in an IPv6 evolution project.
  • To have had IPv6 support, even years before the beginning of the project; as a required functionality in all or our network and IT equipment requirements.

The advantage to people starting now is that there are examples of service providers who have implemented IPv6 and there are people who other service providers can speak with.  To that point, Cesar Joel Ramirez Garcia, an author of this case study from Axtell, said in a message that he’s glad to receive questions from other network operators about what they’ve done.

In the case study they go on to provide their recommendations for other companies seeking to move to IPv6:

  1. Communicate to all company levels the urgency and importance of IPv6 evolution.
  2. IPv6 is a primarily a business continuity case.
  3. Test in a lab environment all your IPv6 deployment scenarios
  4. Begin IPv6 training in all the different technical, sales and marketing teams ASAP.
  5. Evaluate the necessity of running a network audit or assessment to know where your network stands regarding IPv6.
  6. Join in technology forums and ask other people about their experience in the IPv6 evolution.
  7. Work closely with your equipment providers.
  8. Implement double stack wherever possible.
  9. Avoid NAT techniques wherever possible.
  10. Don’t be afraid of the IPv6 transition; as with many things the beginning is the toughest part.

These are great recommendations and we certainly commend Cesar and the rest of the AXTEL team on the work they have done so far as well as the work they are continuing to look at about how to expand IPv6 further in their networks.  Now that they have business and VPN customers using IPv6 they are now looking at the best ways to get IPv6 connectivity to all their residential customers.  All of that will help Mexico move ahead in having an Internet that will work even better in the future as more people and devices come online!

What are you waiting for?   If you would like to join AXTEL and many other service providers with moving to the production Internet, please visit our IPv6 resources or begin with our “Start Here” page to help find resources most appropriate for your type of organization.

Congratulations, again, to AXTEL for both their deployment of IPv6 as well as their willingness to share their story so that others may learn! Thank you!

Webinar on May 22: IPv6 and Telecom – What’s Next?

US Telecom logoWant to understand the impact of IPv6 on telecommunications and Voice-over-IP (VoIP)? Interested to learn more about what telecom systems support IPv6? Would you like to know what efforts are underway within organizations like the IETF and the SIP Forum to ensure that telecommunications can work over IPv6?

If so, you can join in a free webinar offered by US Telecom on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 1:00pm US Eastern time. (17:00 UTC). The title of the session is “IPv6 and Telecom: IPv4 Is Finally Running Out. Now What?” and part of the abstract is:

As we approach the second anniversary of World IPv6 Launch on June 6, the word from the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) is that they are entering into their final stages of providing IPv4 addresses to service providers.  While this has been talked about for many years, the reality is finally here.  There will soon be no more new IPv4 addresses available for new networks and services.  What can be done? What are some of the mitigation strategies and what are their challenges? What is involved with moving to using telecommunications over IPv6? Viewers of this event will hear answers to these questions and more!

I’m very much looking forward to this session that combines two of my personal passions: IPv6 and IP telephony/communications.  This webinar is part of US Telecom’s ongoing education events.  Registration is free and open to all interested.  I understand the presentation will be recorded if you are unable to view it live.