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IPv6 is the next generation of the Internet Protocol (IP) address standard that will supplement and eventually replace IPv4, the protocol most Internet services use today.

The Internet Society is highly involved in all aspects of IPv6, from its ongoing technical work in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to increasing its real-world deployment with the help of our Deploy360 Programme.

Deploy360 provides hands on, technical deployment information to network operators responsible for implementing new technologies and standards on their own networks. Most of our IPv6 work is found directly in the Deploy360 IPv6 section.

IPv6 News

ION Belgrade: So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, doviđenja!
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IPv6 30 November 2017

ION Belgrade: So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, doviđenja!

Deploy360 organised its fifth ION Conference of the year on 23 November 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Belgrade,...

One Week to IPv6, Routing Security, and More at ION Belgrade
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IPv6 16 November 2017

One Week to IPv6, Routing Security, and More at ION Belgrade

One week from today, we’ll be at ION Belgrade! Our last event of the year take place on Thursday,...

Deploy360 at IETF 100, Day 4: Woohoo for DOH!
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IPv6 15 November 2017

Deploy360 at IETF 100, Day 4: Woohoo for DOH!

This week is IETF 100 in Singapore, and we’re bringing you daily blog posts highlighting some of the topics that Deploy360 is interested...

Deploy360 at IETF 100, Day 3: SIDR, TLS & Crypto
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IPv6 14 November 2017

Deploy360 at IETF 100, Day 3: SIDR, TLS & Crypto

This week is IETF 100 in Singapore, and we’re bringing you daily blog posts highlighting some of the topics that Deploy360 is interested...

Reflections from Copenhagen: RIPE NCC IPv6 Hackathon and Danish IPv6 Day
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IPv6 13 November 2017

Reflections from Copenhagen: RIPE NCC IPv6 Hackathon and Danish IPv6 Day

On 4-5 November, a group of enthusiastic and skillful people gathered at the 6th RIPE NCC hackathon with a...

Deploy360 at IETF 100, Day 2: More IPv6 & IoT
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IPv6 13 November 2017

Deploy360 at IETF 100, Day 2: More IPv6 & IoT

This week is IETF 100 in Singapore, and we’re bringing you daily blog posts highlighting some of the topics that Deploy360 is interested...

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Resources

World IPv6 Launch and World IPv6 Day

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2011 – World IPv6 Day – the “24-hour test”

On June 8, 2011, top websites and Internet service providers around the world, including GoogleFacebookYahoo!Akamai and Limelight Networks joined together with more than 1000 other participating websites in World IPv6 Day for a successful global-scale trial of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6.

By providing a coordinated 24-hour “test flight”, the event helped demonstrate that major websites around the world were well-positioned for the move to a global IPv6-enabled Internet.

2012 – World IPv6 Launch

One year later on June 6, 2012, (“6/6” in most date systems), thousands of website operators, network operators, and device manufacturers came together to declare that IPv6 is “the new normal” and that their sites, networks and devices would operate over IPv6 from that point forward.

A record of that event can be found on the site: https://www.worldipv6launch.org/

In the years since the 2012 launch the growth of IPv6 usage continues at a strong rate. You can view ongoing statistics at:

IPv6 is now the new normal – and the resources found here on our site can help you make sure your networks and systems work with today’s IPv6 Internet.