Currently only 2% of all Internet traffic is IPv6 compatible. Major companies and organisations across the world, including the European Commission, are offering their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test flight” today to raise awareness about the need to deploy IPv6 as soon as possible.
The internet has been growing at a very fast pace in the last few years. Two billion people are now connected to the internet worldwide and the number of gadgets that will connect to the internet in the future will be even larger. We are in for a steep curve of demand for Internet Protocol addresses to transmit data from billions of connected people and devices in the next 100 years.
However, we are facing the complete pool depletion of IPv4 addresses. The last remaining IPv4 address was assigned in February 2011. The uptake of IPv6 can remedy this situation by making available a practically unlimited amount of Internet addresses to support the explosive growth of our fridges, cars, smart phones and many other domestic appliances connecting to the internet. IPv6 will assure the growth of the future internet and give rise to a whole generation of new smart services. Moving from IPv4 to IPv6 is therefore essential to let the internet evolve and create new apps and services. It will offer many advantages including larger address, space, support for new mobile and wireless services and built-in security.
Join the movement on IPv6 World Day today!