World IPv6 Launch Solidifies Global Support for New Internet Protocol

By Neil Zawacki
Updated: January 24, 2012

World IPv6 Launch Solidifies Global Support for New Internet Protocol

A sizeable mix of internet service providers, web companies, and home networking equipment manufacturers have agreed to take part in World IPv6, a coordinated global effort to fully enable IPv6 by June 6, 2012.

The ISPs that have currently committed to the project are AT&T, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, KDDI, Free Telecom, Internode, and XS4All. The web companies that have agreed to take part in the IPv6 launch are Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and Microsoft Bing, while the home networking equipment manufacturers that have committed are Cisco and D-Link. In addition, content delivery network providers Akamai and Limelight have stated they will support IPv6 across their infrastructure.

If the ISPs successfully meet the goal, at least 1% of their wired residential subscribers will visit participating websites through the IPv6 protocol. The home networking manufacturers meanwhile will automatically enable IPv6 on their router products, and the web companies will permanently enable IPv6 on all of their websites.

Leslie Daigle, the Chief Internet Technology Officer for the Internet Society, spoke about the potential ramifications. She said, "The fact that leading companies across several industries are making significant commitments to participate in World IPv6 Launch is yet another indication that IPv6 is no longer a lab experiment; it's here and an important next step in the Internet's evolution. And, as there are more IPv6 services, it becomes increasingly important for companies to accelerate their own deployment plans."

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