New Year, New Network: Shape Up for IPv6

By Incognito on January, 5 2016

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Most communication service providers are in the process of transitioning to IPv6. But there is still a lot of work to be done.

  • 17% have completed
  • 22% haven't started yet
  • 61% are in mid-adoption or planning

Dual-stack deployment is still the most popular method of adoption, but native IPv6 and tunneling are also being used.

  • 82% of operators are using dual-stack
  • 29% are tunneling
  • 68% are going the native IPv6 route

There is significantly more IPv4 traffic and IPv6

  • 83% find IPv6 traffic is less than IPv4
  • Of these, 50% find IPv6 traffic is "significantly less" than IPv4 traffic
  • While 17% say IPv6 traffic is slightly less than IPv4 traffic
  • A further 17% find IPv6 traffic insignificant

Activities that generate the most IPv6 traffic

  • Web browsing: 83%
  • Social media: 50%

Most providers understand the need to adopt IPv6

  • Distrust of NAT in the long-term: 61%
  • Lack of IPv4 resources: 82%
  • Customers demanding IPv6: 54%

But there are challenges on the road to adoption, including:

  • Lack of vendor support: 86%
  • CPE updates: 75%
  • Lack of confidence: 43%
  • Testing: 79%
  • Planning: 57%
  • Infrastructure replacement: 61%
  • Educating customers: 61%

Despite the challenges, providers who have started preparations for IPv6 are optimistic about their completion timelines

  • 53% believe they will be IPv6 ready within one year
  • 76% believe they will be IPv6 ready within two years


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