Over on the World IPv6 Launch blog, Mat Ford just announced the most recent set of IPv6 measurements from the 114 network operators participating in the measurements program (and any network operator can join).  Mat notes the great news that an ISP in Singapore, Starhub, moved from 0.1% to over 8% deployment in the space of a month. That is outstanding! Congratulations to the crew at Starhub!

What I personally found even more fascinating was that when I went to the World IPv6 Launch measurements page and clicked on the “IPv6 deployment” column header twice to get a list sorted by the highest percentage…

Google Fiber came out as #1 with a staggering 77.55% of all observed traffic being over IPv6:

World IPv6 Launch statistics for June 18


To be clear, let us remember how these statistics are collected.

Google, Facebook and Yahoo all measure the amount of IPv6 traffic they are seeing coming in to their respective sites and services from all the participating networks. (You can read more about their specific techniques at the bottom of the Measurements page.) That information is then averaged and presented on the Measurements page for each ISP.

In this case 77.55% of the traffic received across those three measurement providers from the Google Fiber network was all over IPv6.  Amazing!  Congratulations to the Google Fiber team!

P.S. It’s also interesting to note the growth of many networks versus where they were when we last wrote about the statistics in April. For instance, the top 10 networks sorted on observed percentage of IPv6 are now all over 30%.

By Internet Society

Source: http://www.internetsociety.org/deploy360/blog/2013/06/google-fiber-shows-77-55-ipv6-deployment-in-latest-world-ipv6-launch-statistics/


One year on from the World IPv6 Launch in June 2012, we wanted to see how much progress has been made towards the goal of global IPv6 deployment.

Both APNIC and Google are carrying out measurements at the end user level, which show that around 1.29% (APNIC) and 1.48% (Google) of end users are capable of accessing the IPv6 Internet. Measurements taken from this time last year show 0.49% (APNIC) and 0.72% (Google), which means the amount of IPv6-enabled end users has more than doubled in the past 12 months.

Rather than looking at the end user, the measurements the RIPE NCC conducts look at the networks themselves. To what extent are network operators engaging with IPv6? And how ready are they to deploy it on their networks?

IPv6 RIPEness

The RIPE NCC measures the IPv6 "readiness" of LIRs in its service region by awarding stars based on four indicators. LIRs receive stars when:

  • They receive an initial allocation of IPv6 address space from the RIPE NCC
  • The IPv6 address space is visible in global routing
  • There is a route6 object registered in the RIPE Database
  • Reverse DNS has been set up for the IPv6 address space

The pie charts here show the number of LIRs holding 0-4 RIPEness stars at the time of the World IPv6 Launch in June 2012, and the number today.

The first RIPEness star is awarded when the LIR receives an allocation of IPv6 address space. When we look at the charts above, we see that the number of LIRs without an IPv6 allocation has decreased from 50% at the time of the World IPv6 Launch to 39% today.

One factor that shouldn't be overlooked here is that the current IPv4 policy requires that an LIR receive an initial IPv6 allocation before it can receive its last /22 of IPv4 address space. However, this does not explain the increase in 2-4 star RIPEness, which can only come from LIRs working towards IPv6 deployment.

Five-Star RIPEness

At the recent RIPE 66 Meeting in Dublin, we presented the results from our introduction of a fifth RIPEness star, which is still in the prototype stage. This fifth star measures actual deployment of IPv6. It looks at whether LIRs are providing content over IPv6 and the degree to which they are providing IPv6 access to end users. More information on the fifth star and the methodology behind it can be found on RIPE Labs. In this first version, 573 LIRs in the RIPE NCC service region qualify for the fifth star, which represents 6.24% of all LIRs in the region.

The Day We Crossed Over

Coincidentally, the World IPv6 Launch was around the same time as another milestone for the RIPE NCC service region. It was roughly then that the number of LIRs with IPv6 allocations outnumbered those without IPv6 for the first time. This number has continued to increase, and there are currently 5,630 LIRs with IPv6 and 3,584 without.

The blue line on the graph here represents LIRs with an IPv6 allocation, while the red line indicates those with no IPv6.

ASNs Announcing IPv6

One of the things the RIPE NCC regularly checks is the percentage of autonomous networks announcing one or more IPv6 prefixes into the global routing system. This is an important step before a network can begin exchanging IPv6 traffic with other networks.

When we take a global view using the graph, we see that in the year since the World IPv6 Launch, the percentage of networks announcing IPv6 has increased from 13.7% to 16.1%. Of the 44,470 autonomous networks visible on the global Internet, 7,168 are currently announcing IPv6.

When we adopt a regional perspective, one of the things we would hope to see is increasing IPv6 deployment in those regions where the free pool of IPv4 has been exhausted. It is reassuring to see this confirmed — both the APNIC and the RIPE NCC service regions are leading the way, with 20.0% and 18.1% (respectively) of networks announcing IPv6.

The table here compares the percentage of autonomous networks announcing IPv6 — both now and at the time of the World IPv6 Launch in 2012.

The RIPE NCC's graph of IPv6-Enabled Networks shows this as a comparison over time and allows for comparisons between countries and regions.

Reassuring, But The Real Work Is Still Ahead

While the above statistics provide good cause for optimism, there is still a long way to go. Now, more than ever, network operators need to learn about IPv6 and deploy it on their networks in order to safeguard the future growth of the Internet. To find out more about IPv6, visit IPv6ActNow.

By Mirjam Kuehne

Source: http://www.circleid.com/posts/20130606_one_year_later_whos_doing_what_with_ipv6/


To succeed in today's technology driven environment, businesses need to remain up-to-date with the latest technology. One such technology is Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), the latest revision of the Internet Protocol (IP). To prepare tomorrow's workforce for the future demand for IPv6 skills, local universities and polytechnics have been training and equipping their students with the necessary IPv6 skills.

These skills were put to the test in the first-ever "IPv6 Innovation Challenge", organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), held on 15 March. IPv6 is a new 128-bit protocol that can support a potentially unlimited number of Internet addresses. With the aim of fostering creativity and demonstrating possibilities for future Internet-based services, the competition attracted teams from Singapore tertiary institutions, who presented their ideas on how the latest version of IP can be leveraged for both businesses and day-to-day life.

The challenge received over 20 proposals and 11 teams were shortlisted to present during the finals. The winners were:

Champion: T-Swift from Temasek Polytechnic (Project: Switching to IPv6 with OpenFlow Technology (SWIFT))

Runner-up: The Socializers from Singapore Polytechnic (Project: Tander Bear)

Second runner-up: INE from Temasek Polytechnic (Project: iPolice)

Ipv6 innovation challenge

T-Swift, the team that clinched top spot, introduced SWIFT – a novel networking solution that uses OpenFlow (a protocol that configures network switches) technology to facilitate the migration of current IPv4 connections to IPv6 for small and medium enterprises. By integrating OpenFlow switches to existing networks, businesses can migrate to IPv6 with minimal disruption, reducing the cost and manpower demands of migration.

The second place winner, The Socialisers, introduced a social-networked teddy bear that enables its owners to communicate non-verbal affections at different locations. The bears communicate using the IPv6 protocol whenever the embedded sensors are activated, allowing the bear to interpret and react to emotions. The inspiration for this team started out with an aim to enable non-verbal communication over long distances.

INE, which came in third, developed a mobile application to help fight crime. The iPolice application leveraged on IPv6 capabilities such as larger address availability, direct peer-to-peer connectivity and IPv6 multicasting to assist the Singapore Police Force to respond more quickly to situations. iPolice can be used by citizens to alert police officers in the vicinity of a crime.

One of the judges said this event provided an opportunity for the students to learn and inspire local industry professionals. Mr Vincent Lim, Chairman of Telecommunications Standards Technical Committee, said, "We are searching for an impactful IPv6 driver to provide a common pull factor for all stakeholders, including content providers, hardware and software vendors and end users. This event provided a good platform to kick start the development of innovative applications, projects and ideas to showcase the merit of deploying IPv6 and discovering the driver."

This event was not only an opportunity for fresh minds to explore possibilities but also for the industry to tap into the new ideas from these young talents. Dr Latif Ladid, President of IPv6 Forum (Global), explained, "The Singapore IPv6 Innovation Challenge is oriented to the academic world, which is usually more willing to openly share their fresh perspectives on new applications and designs that go beyond the industry's short-term view."

Besides demonstrating IPv6 innovations, the event drew some approving nods from global bigwigs, such as Mr. Kelly Brazil, Palo Alto Networks' Director of System Engineering, APAC, who was also one of the judges. He conveyed his excitement at seeing "some terrific submissions that showed a true entrepreneurial appetite signalling a bright future for the participants."

Several teams got the chance to share the marketing plans for their applications with the industry, while the winning teams of the IPv6 Innovation Challenge took home cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $4,000.



Archived news