Survey Results Predict Global Internet Service Providers’ IPv6 Adoption to Increase in 2012

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/

70 per cent of global Internet Service Providers (ISPs) surveyed plan to adopt IPv6 by the end of next year

The Global IPv6 Deployment Monitoring Survey 2011 results, initially previewed at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nairobi, Kenya, in September, demonstrate healthy growth in awareness, planning and actual deployment of IPv6. The survey was prepared by GNKS Consult, an independent organization that conducts strategic and policy research and evaluation, and supported by the Number Resource Organization (NRO), the body made up of the world’s five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).

The findings from the third annual survey measuring IPv6 deployment draw on data supplied by around 1,600 international respondents, over half of which are Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The data indicates that more than 70% of respondents plan to deploy IPv6 on their networks by the end of 2012.

The survey results also indicate that respondents’ concerns about IPv6 have diminished. Key concerns about costs, knowledge, business case and vendor support are all down from 2010. Only security concerns have grown, suggesting a need for continuing discussion of IPv6 and its security implications in technical forums.

“Information such as this is a valuable tool in gauging the progress made by the Internet community in adopting IPv6,” states Raúl Echeberría, Chair of the NRO. He further added, “It is fantastic to see a rapidly growing number of the world’s ISPs committing to IPv6 adoption. In many respects, ISPs are a key driver of IPv6 success, as they are responsible for services delivered over IPv6. It’s encouraging to see so many positive responses from the survey participants, and all Internet stakeholders should take this as a call to action to deploy IPv6 across their networks.”

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The five RIRs are:

AfriNIC, – Africa

APNIC, – Asia Pacific

ARIN, – Canada, many Caribbean and North Atlantic islands, and the United States

LACNIC, – Latin America and the Caribbean

RIPE NCC, – Europe, Middle East, and Parts of Central Asia


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