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IPv6 Measurements Update – EE & Telmex deploy

We just published this month’s IPv6 network operator measurements and they include evidence of some major new IPv6 deployments that I’d like to highlight here.

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.

If you’re a network operator deploying IPv6 and would like to join Telmex, EE and the other networks that make up the ranks of World IPv6 Launch participants, please register your network for measurement.

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Latest IPv6 Measurements – Russia on the move with #IPv6

We just published this month’s IPv6 network operator measurements and they include exciting developments in Russia that I’d like to highlight here.

Mobile Telesystems (MTS) (AS8359, AS29497, AS35473), is the largest mobile operator in Russia and CIS with over 102.4 million subscribers as of 31 December 2009. This month’s IPv6 network operator measurements show Mobile Telesystems (MTS) ranked 58th with a rapidly growing IPv6 deployment percentage of 20.67%.

You can view 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 Mobile Telesystems and the other networks that make up the ranks of World IPv6 Launch participants, please register your network for measurement.

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Now We Are Six

Happy Launchiversary 2018!

Today marks the sixth anniversary of World IPv6 Launch and we would like to wish all our readers a Happy Launchiversary 2018!

To celebrate we are sharing our Global IPv6 Deployment Quiz 2018 and a brand new infographic on IPv6 Deployment.

Major operators all around the world are now delivering the majority of traffic from major content sources like Google, Akamai, Facebook and others over IPv6. Individual operators, like T-Mobile USA, have deployed IPv6-only networks for their subscribers.

You’ll find more detail about the State of IPv6 Deployment in 2018 in a newly published report from the Internet Society. While you download it, here are SIX highlights:

  1. Many of the major network operators in the U.S., Europe and Asia have massively deployed IPv6. For example, in the U.S. T-Mobile has 93 percent, in India Reliance Jio has 87 percent, in the U.K. British Sky Broadcasting has 86 percent and in Belgium VOO has 73 percent IPv6 deployment.
  2. Nearly half a billion people use IPv6 among just the top 15 ISPs combined. India’s Reliance Jio has the most IPv6 users with 237 million, the United States’ Comcast is number two with 36 million and the United States’ AT&T is third with 30 million. Reliance Jio activated over 200 million subscribers with IPv6 connectivity in just nine months, between September 2016 and June 2017.
  3. IPv6 deployment is global, and the top 10 countries using the new protocol are Belgium, Greece, Germany, the U.S., Uruguay, India, Switzerland, Japan, Malaysia and Brazil. Belgium was the first country in the world where the majority of connections to IPv6-capable content providers used IPv6.
  4. 80 percent of smartphones in the US on the major cellular network operators (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) use IPv6. Less than three years ago this was under 40 percent.
  5. In 2012, less than one in a hundred connections to Google services used IPv6. Today that number is nearly one in four.
  6. Many of the largest Internet content providers and content delivery networks provide IPv6 service by default. 28 percent of the Alexa Top 1000 websites are IPv6-enabled, including large streaming video services.

The Internet Society’s core recommendations are to: (a) start now if you haven’t already, (b) use established RFP requirements like RIPE-554: Requirements for IPv6 in ICT Equipment, and (c) take advantage of existing IPv6 deployment information including the Internet Society’s Deploy360 Programme.

We will continue to publish monthly measurements of IPv6 deployment as the Launch continues around the world. If you’re a network operator deploying IPv6 and would like to join the other networks that make up the ranks of World IPv6 Launch participants, please register your network for measurement.

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#IPv6 in Taiwan – Chunghwa Telecom deploys

We just published this month’s IPv6 network operator measurements and they include an exciting new entrant that I’d like to highlight here.

Chunghwa Telecom (Mobile), AS17421, is the largest telecommunications company in Taiwan and the incumbent mobile, PSTN and broadband carrier there. It has its headquarters in Zhongzheng District, Taipei on the remains of the old Taipei prison. This month’s IPv6 network operator measurements show Chunghwa Telecom (Mobile) ranked 26th with a rapidly growing IPv6 deployment percentage of 21%.

Chunghwa Telecom Logo

You can view 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 Chunghwa Telecom and the other networks that make up the ranks of World IPv6 Launch participants, please register your network for measurement.

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IPv6 Trends, Coriolis Telecom Launches #IPv6

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.

Coriolis Telecom is a French virtual network operator providing mobile, ADSL and fibre services to individuals and corporations across France. This month’s IPv6 network operator measurements show Coriolis ranked 163rd with a rapidly growing IPv6 deployment percentage of 44%.

CoriolisTelecom IPv6 Deployment

CoriolisTelecom IPv6 Deployment

You can view 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 Coriolis Telecom and the other networks that make up the ranks of World IPv6 Launch participants, please register your network for measurement.

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New Year’s Resolution: Deploy #IPv6

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.

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ER-Telecom and Bell Mobility join #IPv6 measurements parade

It’s great to see major network operators continue to deploy IPv6 and continue to 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 couple of new entrants that I’d like to highlight in this short post.

ER-Telecom is a Russian telecommunications holding company providing a wide range of services for individuals and corporations. The company is active mainly in the South and Central regions of European Russia. This month’s IPv6 network operator measurements show ER-Telecom ranked 49th with an IPv6 deployment percentage of 10.34%.

Bell Mobility is a Canadian LTE and HSPA+ based wireless provider which sells wireless services across Canada. Bell Mobility and its affiliates combined have over 8 million subscribers as of the end of Q3 2016, making it Canada’s third largest wireless carrier. This month’s IPv6 network operator measurements show Bell Mobility ranked 73rd with an IPv6 deployment percentage of 17.54%.

You can view 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 ER-Telecom, Bell Mobility and the other networks that make up the ranks of World IPv6 Launch participants, please register your network for measurement.

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Latest #IPv6 measurements show growth in Vietnam

I always like to highlight new operators turning up IPv6 in these regular posts and it’s great that I can do that again this month. VNPT registered with World IPv6 Launch in May of this year and are now growing their deployment rapidly (latest measurements show more than 4% IPv6 deployment). Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group, commonly abbreviated as VNPT, is a telecommunications company, owned by the Vietnamese government, and the national post office of Vietnam. VNPT owns Vinaphone, one of the three largest mobile network operators in Vietnam.

You can view 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 VNPT and the other networks that make up the ranks of World IPv6 Launch participants, please register your network for measurement.

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Happy Launchiversary 2017!

On this, the fifth anniversary of World IPv6 Launch, we wish all our readers a Happy Launchiversary 2017!. It really is staggering how far IPv6 deployment has progressed in five years. In mid-2012, Google measured less than 1% of users accessing their services over IPv6. Today that figure is getting close to 20%. Since World IPv6 Launch, several major operators are now delivering the majority of traffic from major content sources like Google, Akamai and others over IPv6. Individual operators, like T-Mobile USA, have deployed IPv6-only networks for their subscribers.

How much progress have we made in the five years since World IPv6 Launch? All the details are included in a new landmark report from the Internet Society. While you download the report, here are the highlights:

✦  IPv6 has increased 3000% since the beginning of World IPv6 Launch five years ago.

✦  Deployment is occurring around the globe: Measurements show 37 countries exceed 5% of traffic is IPv6 to major content providers.

✦  Over 25% of the Alexa Top 1000 websites are reachable using IPv6.

✦  Some networks are now IPv6-only internally (e.g. JPNE, T-Mobile USA, SoftBank), and some major networks are now majority-IPv6 (e.g. RelianceJIO, Verizon Wireless, SkyBroadcasting, XS4ALL).

✦  Some organizations are in the process of turning off IPv4 within their networks and/or data centers to reduce network complexity and cost (e.g. T-Mobile, Facebook, LinkedIn).

✦  The Internet Society’s core recommendations are to: (a) start now if you haven’t already, (b) use established RFP requirements like RIPE-554: Requirements for IPv6 in ICT Equipment, and (c) take advantage of existing IPv6 deployment information including the Internet Society’s Deploy360 Program.

IPv6 use is set to continue growing for the rest of this year and beyond as more operators start and grow their deployments around the world, and new content and hosting providers enable IPv6 for their customers.

We will continue to publish monthly measurements of IPv6 deployment as the Launch continues around the world. If you’re a network operator deploying IPv6 and would like to join the other networks that make up the ranks of World IPv6 Launch participants, please register your network for measurement.

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TELMEX rolls out #IPv6, new data from APNIC

It’s always exciting to see a new operator start turning up IPv6 connectivity for their customers. Recently eyes have been turning to TELMEX, 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. As you can see from the chart below, their IPv6 deployment has been growing rapidly of late.

TELMEX IPv6 Deployment

TELMEX IPv6 Deployment

You can view the full listing of IPv6 network operator measurements for this month.

We are delighted to announce that APNIC are now supporting World IPv6 Launch as a new data source. APNIC recruits random measurements of IPv6 capability and preference through advertisements placed in web sites worldwide. The advert runs specially crafted HTML5/Javascript and measures a range of properties across wired, wireless and cellular networks. Per-Economy and Per-ASN daily totals are calculated through the RIR delegation stats and daily BGP dumps to map origin-as and economy of registration of each tested clients IP addresses. The measurement has run continuously since 2010 and currently collects around 10 million samples per day. Further information is available here.

If you’re a network operator deploying IPv6 and would like to join TELMEX and the other networks that make up the ranks of World IPv6 Launch participants, please register your network for measurement.

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