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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

PNG-IX Network Security Workshop
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IPv6 22 October 2017

PNG-IX Network Security Workshop

The Internet Society (Aftab Siddiqui) and APNIC (Tashi Phuntsho) jointly conducted a Network Security Workshop in Port Moresby, Papua...

RIPE 75 starts in Dubai next week
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IPv6 20 October 2017

RIPE 75 starts in Dubai next week

The RIPE 75 meeting is happening next week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and it’s going to be a busy week...

ENOG 14 in Minsk
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IPv6 19 October 2017

ENOG 14 in Minsk

The 14th Eurasia Network Operator’s Group (ENOG 14) that was held on 9-10 October 2017 in Minsk, Belarus featured 234 participants...

IPv6 prefix assignment BCOP published as RIPE-690
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IPv6 18 October 2017

IPv6 prefix assignment BCOP published as RIPE-690

We’re pleased to announce that after a year of intensive work by IPv6 experts around the world, supported by...

IETF 100 Hackathon: Bringing Innovation and Running Code to the IETF
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IPv6 17 October 2017

IETF 100 Hackathon: Bringing Innovation and Running Code to the IETF

Interested in contributing running code to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)? Do you see a problem with DNS,...

Deploy360 @ ENOG 14
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IPv6 9 October 2017

Deploy360 @ ENOG 14

Our colleague Jan Žorž from the Deploy360 team will be presenting at the 14th Eurasia Network Operators Groups (ENOG 14)...

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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.