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Deploy360 24 September 2013

Google Now Seeing 2% IPv6 Traffic – The Internet Is Changing!

Dan York
By Dan YorkDirector, Web Strategy & Project Lead, Open Standards Everywhere

Woohoo! The awesome news this morning was that over the weekend Google’s IPv6 measurements showed that 2% of all traffic was hitting Google’s networks over IPv6!

“So what?”, I’m sure some of you are saying… yes, I admit, 2% is a tiny amount of traffic, but consider what Phil Roberts wrote in an Internet Technology Matters post this morning:

Google crossed the 1% threshold on 27 October 2012, and there are now more than twice as many IPv6-connected users since World IPv6 Launch on 6 June 2012. 2013 marks the third straight year global IPv6 usage has doubled.

So in just slightly less than a year, the amount of IPv6 traffic has doubled … and after so many years with so little growth the trend line now is moving in the right direction!


The World IPv6 Launch measurements and the many other sites tracking IPv6 deployment statistics are all showing similar trends.   Phil’s post also mentions some of the large deployments of IPv6 that have happened this past year:

  • Telefonica del Peru in South America roll out IPv6 on a large scale
  • Deutsche Telekom in Germany and Swisscom in Switzerland launch their IPv6 deployments
  • Time Warner Cable in North America join other major North American network operators with its own IPv6 offering
  • Two operators in Singapore, StarHub and M1, start rolling out IPv6 for their end users

The Internet is changing… and IPv6 is well on its way to becoming “the new normal”. The move is happening, and your choice is to continue to ignore it… or to get out in front and not get left behind.

What are you doing to get your networks, services, content and applications running over IPv6?  Please do browse our IPv6 resources and let us know how we can help you make the move!

P.S. If you aren’t aware of our “Internet Technology Matters” (ITM) blog, we write there about the current state of Internet technology. To stay up-to-date on our most recent posts, you can subscribe via RSS, follow @isoctech on Twitter, like the ITM page on Facebook or add the ITM Google+ page to a circle.


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