I am old enough to remember the Internet before V6 (IPv6)

An excellent talk about the IPv6, June 2015


IPv6 traffic in the Internet during 2013-Q3, top10 Countries, ISP:s, Universities

Myth 1:
“..We have heard about IPv6 in decades, it will never take off-…..”


Yes, that is right. IPv6 has been around for many years at least since very late 90:s and during the past everyone was waiting for others to implement FIRST. But, Graph 1,2 showing clear messages about the top ten IPv6 countries and the amount of IPv6 growth during the last quarter in 2013. The graph shows about 5% of IPv6 usage is in big countries (high data traffic) while smaller countries hits 6-9% intervals. It should be noted that the level of IPv6 usage in Germany during the last quarter increased by 43% and a growth of 25% for the US. This is a new trend which will dominate the future use of IPv6.


1 IPv6 top ten countries traffic 2013-Q4
1 IPv6 top ten countries traffic 2013-Q4
2 IPv6 top ten countries traffic Growth 2013-Q4
2 IPv6 top ten countries traffic Growth 2013-Q4


Myth 2:

“…..IPv6 is too complex, too expensive, lack of expertise, lack of HW and SW are the main reason that operators (Internet Service providers), Content providers will never use IPv6……”


The amount of the IPv6 traffic (graph 3, 4) for big companies like Google (54%), Verizon Wireless (41%), Comcast (10%), AT&T (9%). The trend is almost clear, 56% IPv6 growth for Time Warner Cable and 49% for Comcast, 37% for Dutsche Telekom. Big ISP:s and content providers around the world started using IPv6 and setting the strategy for their future networking technology.


3 IPv6 top ten ISP traffic 2013-Q4
3 IPv6 top ten ISP traffic 2013-Q4
4 IPv6 top ten ISP traffic growth 2013-Q4
4 IPv6 top ten ISP traffic growth 2013-Q4


Myth 3:

“……There are few IPv6 courses at universities and newly graduated are not even able to use IPv6 while studying at college/universities……”

Graph 5, 6 showing the top ten universities around the world (US, Canada, Czech Republic, Austria) with highest amount of IPv6 usage. Iowa State University, US had 50% IPv6 traffic growth during 2013-Q4. Like other new Technologies even universities need pushes for IPv6. The trend is clear and there will be lots of new Courses.


5 IPv6 top ten Universities traffic 2013-Q4
5 IPv6 top ten Universities traffic 2013-Q4
6 IPv6 top ten Universitie traffic growth 2013-Q4
6 IPv6 top ten Universities traffic growth 2013-Q4



If you didn’t do this before and IMHO, it is time to make the final decision for initiating the IPv6 activities. Setting up the project plan including detailed time plan, budget, resources, labs, training, HW, SW, Etc.












Norway is still the world leading IPv6 country


During this summer I had a blog post  showing Norway as athe best IPv6 country. IPv6 recently has lots of attentions, but still there are lots of possibilities for lots of good improvements. This time I am not going to bring up information about how many IPv4/8 are still remaining. The recent measurements by begining of October this year shows that Norway is still keeping its first position and more than 10% better than the number two in the list.

Norway as the leading IPv6 country in October  2012

The top three IPv6 winners

The good news is that more than 56,5% of the Norwegian AS are IPv6-enabled. This makes Norway as the number ONE. The Netherlands picks up a great value of more than 44,5% is the second best and Singapore is the third best in the world with more than 38,5%.

Congratulations Norway, the Netherlands and Singapore!

The top 15 countries are

1. Norway
2. The Netherlands
3. Singapore
4. Malaysia
5. Iceland
6. Japan
7. Germany
8. Qatar
9. Sweden
10. Czech Republic
11. New Zealand
12. Finland
13. Austria
14. Belgium
15. Denmark

Sweden is still keeping the second place within the Scandinavian countries. But unfortunately Sweden globally is moved from its place 6 to 9, so there are lots of potential for improvement for us in Sweden.

Norway as the leading IPv6 country

During the past years there have been lots of discussions about the IPv6 readiness among the Internet Service Providers (ISP). According to the July first measurements from RIPE NCC, the leaders IPv6 ISP:s within the RIPE/NCC region are the Norwegian ISP:s with 55,48% IPv6 enabled for their all Access Servers (AS). Big congratulations to Norway which is the leading IPv6 country. The Netherlands and Sweden are joining Norway as the second and third IPv6 leaders in this region. The top six countries (within the RIPE region) are:

  1. Norway
  2. The Netherlands
  3. Sweden
  4. Germany
  5. Finland
  6. Denmark

IPV6 in the RIPE NCC region

 Internationally the following countries are the top six IPv6 leading countries

  1. Norway
  2. Netherlands
  3. Malaysia
  4. Iceland
  5. Singapore
  6. Sweden

This is a great news for the IPv6 community. ISP:s seems to get more and more ready for the IPv6 which I guess the readiness is based on business opportunities when customers choice are the future proof ISP:s. So the question still is when the ISP:s are really ready to go for the “last mile”?

How about your country?

IPv6 support in external web, mail server and DNS? Not really complete IPv6 deployment

Our  external web, e-mail and DNS-servers are supporting both IPv6 and IPv4, we have ”deployed IPv6″

Nowdays everyone knows that  there are no chance to continue with the IPv4 and the IPv6 is the only future proof option/ solution. Almost a year ago we had 22 blocks of IPv4 left and responsible colleagues around the world started a good work for deployment of IPv6 in their company/organization. They have put lots of energy to convince the decision makers for approval towards the IPv6. We have heared that lots of these colleagues mention that they have ”deployed IPv6” by having IPv6 support in external web, e-mail servers and in DNS.

Let me first congratulate these colleagues for doing a grate job, it was not that easy to convince management for allocation of resources, money, etc. for the IPv6 deployment. But my very humble question is whether if they have any plan for a complete deployment of IPv6 in their company ?
Did you consider all of the applications, clients, internal systems, Operation Support System, Business Support System, billing system, cusomer care system, etc? And what about the Database server?

In my opinion the job just started and what I am trying to say is,  Delopying
of IPv6  in 3, 4, 5 …10 servers is not really a full deployment of IPv6 and the
work have only being initiated  in your organisation.

Yes, you need a complete plan, buget, personell and equipment  to go ahead and successfully deploy IPv6 in a structred way in your comapny, it may take 2 month or 4 years. But remember that the fact is that the full scale IPv6 deployment is crucial for your company.

Don’t you agree?

IPv4 addresses? Sorry, We are closed!

We are already there, don’t you believe it yet?

For three days ago, I wrote in here in my blog that there are only 5 IPv4 blocks left and these blocks will automatically be allocated the five RIR:s. Today is a historic day for the IPv6. No more IPv4 available for allocation to any RIR:s anymore. Each RIR has a set of IPv4 addresses left and the amount of IPv4 addresses is very limited so practically we are already there.

I am pretty sure that now lots of IPv6 work starts very seriously, is your company not prepared for the IPv6? then you are in big trouble. You are not ready, the network expertise are not ready, the equipment doesn’t have support for IPv6, your network personnel are lacking IPv6 knowledge and experience, your OSS and BSS does not support IPv6, well, how are you going to ensure a future grow for your company?

It would be really very good to share your idea about how you are handling your company’s situation, Wanna share?

No more IPv4 addresses available for allocation to RIR:sNo more IPv4 addresses available for allocation to RIR:s

Time to say goodbye to a big opportunity enabler

The IPv4 has been around for more than 30 years, it was a solution provided for some research and military group. It became more and more popular until today that there are only 0,78% of the available addresses left. Yes, we are talking about only five /8 blocks of the IPv4. And according to the rules this 5 blocks will automatically be allocated to the five RIR:s (Regional Internet Registrar). This means practically within some month there would not be any IPv4 left. No no no , no reason for rushing for Ipv4 addresses because you can allocate IPv6 addresses as almost unlimited resource (at least as far as we can anticipate today ;-)).

It’s is time to say goodbye to IPv4 and welcome to it’s true successor the IPv6. Either you are with us in the future and fast track or you may be left behind. There are lots of  new possibilities for invention, business case, new technology in front of you to catch.

The available IPv4 addresses by Jan 31, 2011 M Mahloujian
The available IPv4 addresses by Jan 31, 2011 M Mahloujian