Happy 10th World IPv6 Launchiversary! Today marks the tenth anniversary of World IPv6 Launch and I’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of the progress in IPv6 deployment we’ve seen in that time.
Our measurements have tracked deployment of IPv6 at network operators around the globe based on measurement data from Akamai, APNIC, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Yahoo!. Many of our graphs detailing major IPv6 network deployments to Internet end users around the world tell the same story – up, and to the right.
IPv6 deployment has progressed sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly but fairly constantly throughout the period.
T-Mobile USA is perhaps the poster child for this phenomenon having delivered almost 100% of traffic from their subscribers to major content providers over IPv6 since 2018. We’ve also seen remarkably rapid deployments like Sky which went from less than 20% to more than 80% IPv6 deployment in the space of twelve months.
Another interesting development is occurring at Verizon. Verizon Wireless (AS6167, AS22394) has been a stalwart of World IPv6 Launch since 2012 and has had an IPv6 deployment percentage in excess of 80% for several years. More recently Verizon’s fixed line network (AS701, AS702) has started showing evidence of growing IPv6 deployment. We look forward to the continued growth of this significant network as part of the IPv6 Internet.
Telmex (AS8151), is a Mexican telecommunications company headquartered in Mexico City that provides telecommunications products and services in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and other countries in Latin America. Telmex is the dominant fixed-line phone carrier in Mexico. This month’s IPv6 network operator measurements show Telmex ranked 14th globally with a rapidly growing IPv6 deployment percentage of 29.28%.
EE (AS12576), is a British mobile network operator, Internet service provider and a division of BT Group. It was established in 2010 as a 50:50 joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom through the merger of their respective T-Mobile and Orange businesses in the UK. This month’s IPv6 network operator measurements show EE ranked 52nd globally with an IPv6 deployment percentage of 34.34%.
There also seems to be deployment taking place in China as evidenced by measurements of China Telecom and we may have more to say about that next month. Until then, you can view the full listing of newly updated IPv6 network operator measurements for this month.
During the recent IETF meeting in London, UK, Erik Nygren of Akamai gave a fascinating talk about IPv6 Trends which is well worth watching if you’re interested in where we’re at with IPv6 deployment, and where to focus attention going forward. As Erik mentions at the start of his presentation, Akamai are one of our valued data sources for World IPv6 Launch measurements.
Erik’s presentation makes it clear that while there are lots of networks with IPv6 deployment well underway, there still remains a great deal of work to do. In that light it’s great to see major network operators continue to deploy IPv6 and register with World IPv6 Launch to have public acknowledgement of the scale and scope of their efforts. This month’s IPv6 network operator measurements include a recent sign-up that I’d like to highlight here.
In an earlier post in mid-2016 we highlighted the enormous progress that four major US mobile providers were making with IPv6 deployment by obtaining aggregated data from our measurement sources. The four networks in question:
At that time we were excited to note that the majority of traffic on these networks to major Internet content sources was now being transported over IPv6. As we start another year for IPv6 deployment and measurement we thought it would be timely to take another look at the state of IPv6 deployment in this segment.
The graph below shows the progress of the aggregate metric for IPv6 deployment in these four networks over the last two years.
This is really striking and consistent progress since we last reviewed the situation, and the growth of IPv6 deployment in 2018 across all network types and geographies is showing no signs of abating. Check out the full listing of newly updated IPv6 network operator measurements for this month.
If you’re a network operator deploying IPv6 and would like to join these cellular networks and the other networks that make up the ranks of World IPv6 Launch participants, please register your network for measurement.