Akamai Adds IPv6 Trend Visualizations to State of the Internet Reporting

We are very pleased to see that today Akamai has started publishing a very detailed view of what they see for IPv6 usage on the Internet. Akamai has been contributing IPv6 measurements to our World IPv6 Launch monthly measurements and we’re pleased to see these more detailed visualizations become available.

This is a really nice tool that allows you to see what they see in terms of a view of IPv6 deployment by country and by network. Whereas the World IPv6 Launch measurements are an opt-in measurement for networks, Akamai publishes data from every network where they see IPv6 traffic, so they report some large deployments that we don’t have in our data. Kabel Deutschland is an example of a network with a large IPv6 deployment (35% of the traffic coming from their network to Akamai’s servers uses IPv6) that isn’t in our database.

It is nice to see half a dozen countries where more than 10% of the traffic from networks in those countries use IPv6.

These new IPv6 visualizations from Akamai join with other similar trend metrics from Google, APNIC, Cisco and others to show that IPv6 deployment is making major steps forward all around the world. Many thanks to the Akamai team for making these visualizations publicly available.

P.S. If you have not started moving to IPv6, why not get started today?

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World IPv6 Launch Began Two Years Ago – Happy Launchiversary!

Today’s the day! It’s been two years since World IPv6 Launch in 2012, the day major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world started permanently enabling IPv6 for their products and services. All this week we’ve been celebrating the “Launchiversary” with blog posts, social media activities, and lots of new content.

I put together my thoughts in a blog post earlier this week about where we started, where we are now, and where we’re going. I also wanted to share a few specific activities that have been going on this week:

It’s been two years since World IPv6 Launch began. What are you doing to deploy IPv6 on your network?

Happy Launchiversary!


Celebrating World IPv6 Launch – Happy Second Launchiversary!

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?

Happy Launchiversary!