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IPv6 Traffic and Mobile Networks: Thoughts After World IPv6 Congress

Can we get more operators to share their IPv6 measurements? How many mobile operators are using an IPv6-only strategy for their networks? These were two of the questions we found ourselves discussing when we participated in the v6 World Congress in Paris a couple of weeks ago. I presented updated World IPv6 Launch statistics (embedded below) and actively listened to others in the industry discuss where they were, are, and will be with their IPv6 deployments. After the event, Alain Fiocco wrote a Cisco blog post summarizing the contents of the World IPv6 Congress and important next steps.

I’d like to call attention to two specific aspects of what was discussed there: operator perspectives on IPv6 traffic and IPv6 in mobile networks.

Alain points out that network operators who have turned up IPv6 would like to see more IPv6 traffic, which obviously requires more content being enabled on IPv6. We agree. It would be very helpful for operators to share their IPv6 measurements so the world can see what kind of IPv6 traffic is observed on a v6-enabled network. Martin Gysi of Swisscom last month wrote a guest post for our blog where he described what kind of IPv6 traffic he sees and where it is coming from. We ask others to do the same. If you operate a network that has IPv6 enabled, please share your measurements with the rest of us. It has a great impact on folks considering the timeline for their own deployments to see what to expect when they do enable IPv6.

Alain also called attention to the fact that several mobile operators made public statements about their plans to transition their networks to IPv6 using an IPv6-only strategy with 464xlat to get to content that hasn’t yet been enabled for IPv6. This is the strategy that T-Mobile in the United States is using and we report increased IPv6 traffic in their network each month (18% last month) in our World IPv6 Launch measurements. It is a great method for getting IPv6 deployed in a mobile network with a clear path to alleviate pain from lack of public (and private!) IP address space for growing networks.

I’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in contributing more operator perspectives on IPv6 networks, or if you’re a mobile operator working on your IPv6 transition. Either leave a comment here, or on our Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ channels!

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Chris and Jan at v6 World Congress 2014

v6 World Congress logoI’m on the road again! After a week at home following a great IETF 89 in London, it’s time to head to Paris for the 2014 edition of v6 World Congress.

This year’s event is focused on Large Scale IPv6 Deployments, Content Providers Strategies, and the Internet of Things:

The 2014 edition will place particular emphasis on large scale deployments and measurement with testimonies from cable operators (Time Warner, Comcast) and content providers (Google, Facebook, Linkedin). Other sessions will cover SDN, transition strategies, training issues and enterprises deployments.

A large session and a panel will be dedicated to Internet of Things. Indeed, the IoT area is ramping up in terms of hype. Even if the Internet community doesn’t yet believe that the IoT is going to matter or the IoT world doesn’t believe they want to connect to Internet, both share IPv6. While the IPv6 Internet deployment ramps up, the IoT world starts to move to IPv6.

Exciting stuff! Equally exciting is that two of my Internet Society colleagues will be speaking this year!

Jan Zorz will be giving a talk on Friday (the third and final day of the event this year) covering Best Current Operational Practices (BCOP) in general but also focusing specifically on a BCOP in progress on “Generic IPv6 troubleshooting procedures for helpdesks around the world.” A lot of folks are anxiously awaiting this document and I expect a packed room.

Phil Roberts will be talking about the World IPv6 Launch Measurements we’ve been tracking for the past two years on Wednesday (conference day one). Read more in his recent blog post.

As usual all three of us will be looking to chat about IPv6 throughout the course of the conference. If you have ideas for accelerating the deployment of IPv6 we’d especially love to hear from you! I won’t turn down any opportunity to talk about Operators and the IETF as well. So, if you’re in Paris this week – come find me, Jan, or Phil and grab us for a quick chat, or even a beverage. Santé!

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Presenting Global IPv6 Measurements This Week at World IPv6 Congress

This week I’m in Paris attending the World IPv6 Congress, along with some of my colleagues from our Deploy360 Programme. It’s the premier event in the IPv6 landscape, and each year engineers from around the world gather to discuss IPv6 deployments, techniques, and trends. I’m looking forward to getting an update on v6 deployments and learning more about what we can do at the Internet Society to encourage more global adoption.

This year I’m presenting on ongoing World IPv6 Launch measurements. Thanks to input from Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, and Akamai, we are able to provide monthly updates on IPv6 deployment at This week, I will be giving an update on this, appealing to operators to add their networks to the database to be measured and counted, and asking network operators to share their measurements thus providing a different perspective on IPv6 deployment. Here are the details:

Day 1 Agenda
Wednesday, 19 March
5:10PM CET (4:10PM UTC)

World IPv6 Launch Measurements

World IPv6 Launch in 2012 began a trajectory of increased IPv6 deployment in network operators around the globe.  As part of that activity, Google, Facebook, and Yahoo! measured the amount of IPv6 traffic arriving at their servers and the Internet Society aggregated these numbers and reported them as part of the World IPv6 Launch measurements activity. Summarizing these measurements.

Will you be there? I’d like to hear more about your deployment experience!