By 1996, the IEFT released RFC 1883 to define the IPv6 protocol. It has been designed to be the successor of IPv4, which was expected to arrive at exhaustion of available IP addresses between one or two decades later.
Though techniques like NAT or private network addressing mitigate IPv4 exhaustion, they can only delay the inevitable.
With IoT devices, mobile devices, the Internet becoming accessible to more and more home users across the world, the IP demand is constantly growing. And with approximatively 3.4 x 10^38 IP addresses available, IPv6 can provide more than what is necessary.
Worldwide testings of IPv6 ended in 2006 and it went officially to production at that time.
Five years later, on 31 January 2011, IANA allocated the last IP address blocks to APNIC.
Meanwhile, IPv6 started to be used alongside IPv4.
But we are now in 2017, and one may wonder how much IPv6 has been adopted so far.
Depending on the sources and the measurement techniques, the adoption rating is around 50% for the top countries while the global average is around 20%.
Among the leading countries and continents are North America, Brasil, Europe, India, Japan and Australia.
And you? Did your company already initiate the move to IPv6?
If not, then it’s high time to climb on the bandwagon!
More about IPv6 adoption and deployment
- IPv6 Frequently Asked Questions
- 6lab – The place to monitor IPv6 adoption
- APNIC – IPv6 Capable Rate by country (%)
- Google IPv6 statistics “Google IPv6 statistics”
- Akamai – IPv6 Adoption Visualization