Latest measurement results – IPv6 deployment continues to grow, new networks joining the launch

We’ve published our latest measurements of IPv6 Launch network operators. We continue to see encouraging growth in measured deployment across many networks both large and small.

New this month, and in at number #19 in our default ranking is Telefonica Czech Republic with an IPv6 deployment measure of 12.89%. This is a network we hadn’t been measuring before. If you’re turning up IPv6 on your network please register and be counted!

We expect to continue measuring IPv6 Launch network operators throughout 2014.

Up and to the right: Two years of IPv6 deployment metrics

Much has changed in the two years since World IPv6 Launch began on June 6th 2012. Two years ago we were name-checking networks that had managed to exceed our World IPv6 Launch threshold of 1% IPv6 deployment.  Now we report on nearly 100 networks around the world with over 10 times that much IPv6 deployment, many still growing rapidly. Check out our new infographic to see how the world has changed since World IPv6 Launch began.

Global IPv6 adoption, as measured by the availability of IPv6 connectivity among Google users has risen from less than 1% to nearly 4% today, and the rate of growth is increasing. Akamai’s measure of IPv6 traffic volume shows a 10-fold increase over the last two years.

IPv6 deployment is occurring on a global basis as well. We’ve seen substantial new IPv6 deployments in the USA, Singapore, Peru, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and many other countries around the globe.

The pace of change is also striking. The growth of IPv6 deployment on some very large networks over the last two years has been remarkable, for example Verizon Wireless who had less than 10% deployment two years ago are now exceeding 50% IPv6 deployment. And other mobile network operators are starting to follow suit, which is great to see.

One area where we really need to see more deployment effort is in the web content business. Our measure of the percentage of Alexa top 1000 websites reachable using IPv6 has grown a little since June 6th 2012, but growth is slow. More content and hosting companies making IPv6 enabled by default for their clients would really help drive up the numbers here, and boost IPv6 traffic levels. IPv6 traffic is now 1% of the volume crossing the Amsterdam Internet Exchange, and continuing to grow rapidly.

So in just two years, the world has changed dramatically from an IPv6 deployment and measurement perspective. IPv6 really is the new normal. But there’s more to do – we need to see more network operators deploy, in more countries, and more content available over IPv6. If you are a network operator and wish to register your commitment to IPv6 deployment, fill in our registration form and we’ll help you demonstrate your IPv6 credentials!

Predictions are hard, and Internet predictions are really hard, but maybe in another two years it’ll be easier to count the networks that haven’t deployed IPv6 than those that have!

Verizon Wireless breaks through 50% IPv6 and still climbing

In our latest World IPv6 Launch network operator measurement results, Verizon Wireless have broken through the 50% IPv6 deployment measure for the first time. This is a milestone in IPv6 deployment worth celebrating.

Verizon Wireless could soon have company in the top 10 measured networks from another mobile operator that is making great strides in IPv6 deployment. As the chart below shows, T-Mobile USA have been making relentless progress in their IPv6 deployment over recent months. Long may these trends continue!

T-Mobile USA IPv6 Deployment graph

T-Mobile shows rapid IPv6 deployment

IPv6 deployment continues to strengthen

We’ve published our latest measurements (and graphs for the top 10) of IPv6 Launch network operators. We continue to see encouraging growth in measured deployment across many networks both large and small.

If you have an IPv6 deployment underway, register your network and get some public recognition for your efforts. We expect to continue measuring IPv6 Launch network operators throughout 2014.

March 2014 IPv6 Measurements: Now With Deployment Trend Graphs for the Top 10 Networks

Last month we highlighted the arrival of Belgian operator Telenet in our network operator measurements and this month’s World IPv6 Launch measurements continue the theme: Telenet’s IPv6 deployment has more than doubled from 12.17% to 28.35%, and they’ve been joined by another new Belgian operator in the form of Belgacom, currently measured at 7.50% IPv6 deployment.

This month we’re rolling out a new feature for the top 10 measured networks: longitudinal graphs of the deployment numbers to show deployment variations over time. These charts certainly present a pretty compelling picture of rapid and substantial IPv6 deployment!

Finally, a hat tip to content distribution network operator Cloudflare who were in the news this week as they announced that they will be enabling IPv6 connectivity by default for all new customers. The chart below shows our reported measurements for Cloudflare over the last few months – clearly IPv6 activity is ramping up!

Cloudflare IPv6 Deployment

Cloudflare IPv6 Deployment