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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 section.

IPv6 News

RFC 8215: Local-Use IPv4/IPv6 Translation Prefix published
IPv6 25 August 2017

RFC 8215: Local-Use IPv4/IPv6 Translation Prefix published

RFC 8215 “Local-Use IPv4/IPv6 Translation Prefix” was recently published, reserving the IPv6 prefix 64:ff9b:1::/48 for local use within domains enabling...

RIPE NCC Hackathon Version 6
IPv6 18 August 2017

RIPE NCC Hackathon Version 6

The RIPE NCC will be holding its sixth Hackathon on 4-5 November 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and by no...

Deploy360 @ SdNOG 4
IPv6 15 August 2017

Deploy360 @ SdNOG 4

Our colleague Jan Žorž will be presenting at the 4th Sudan Network Operators Group meeting (SdNOG 4) on 16-17 August...

Deploy360@IETF99, Day 3: IPv6 & TLS
IPv6 18 July 2017

Deploy360@IETF99, Day 3: IPv6 & TLS

After a packed first couple of days, Wednesday at IETF 99 in Prague is a bit quieter for us. Each day we’re...

Deploy360@IETF99, Day 2: IoT, IPv6, DNSSEC, DPRIV & TLS
IPv6 17 July 2017

Deploy360@IETF99, Day 2: IoT, IPv6, DNSSEC, DPRIV & TLS

Tuesday is another hectic day at IETF 99 in Prague with a lot of relevant sessions for us. Each day we’re bringing...

RFC 8200 – IPv6 has been standardized
IPv6 17 July 2017

RFC 8200 – IPv6 has been standardized

On 14/07/2017, the IETF with the publication of RFC8200 announced that the Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) had become...

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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.