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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

Meet the APRICOT 2018 Fellows
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IPv6 29 March 2018

Meet the APRICOT 2018 Fellows

The Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT) is an annual event that brings together Internet engineers...

IETF 101, Day 5: All Sorted, Innit?
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IPv6 23 March 2018

IETF 101, Day 5: All Sorted, Innit?

This week is IETF 101 in London, and we’ve been bringing you daily blog posts highlighting the topics of interest...

IETF 101, Day 4: The Brass Tacks about DNS and Routing
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IPv6 21 March 2018

IETF 101, Day 4: The Brass Tacks about DNS and Routing

This week is IETF 101 in London, and we’re bringing you daily blog posts highlighting the topics of interest to...

IETF 101, Day 3: TLS & DPRIVE is no Diet Coke
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IPv6 20 March 2018

IETF 101, Day 3: TLS & DPRIVE is no Diet Coke

This week is IETF 101 in London, and we’re bringing you daily blog posts highlighting the topics of interest to...

IETF 101, Day 2: A Bit of Rosie Lee (Mobility)
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IPv6 19 March 2018

IETF 101, Day 2: A Bit of Rosie Lee (Mobility)

This week is IETF 101 in London, and we’re bringing you daily blog posts highlighting the topics of interest to...

IETF 101, Day 1: Would You IPv6 It?
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IPv6 18 March 2018

IETF 101, Day 1: Would You IPv6 It?

It’s another packed week at IETF 101 in London, and we’re bringing you daily blog posts highlighting the topics...

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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.