IPv6 requests skyrocket by more than 2.9 billion but UK lags behind

IPv6 requests have skyrocketed since last year's World IPv6 Day, according to a study and infographic from Akamai Technologies.

Data shows that as of World IPv6 Day 2011, IPv6 addresses numbered just 280,229. As of this year's World IPv6 Day on 6 June, those numbers have increased to over 18 million IP addresses. As a result, requests processed from IPv6 addresses jumped from 3 million in 2011 to over 3 billion in 2012.

On World IPv6 day, Akamai launched a real-time data traffic metre. Dual-stacking of IPv4 and IPv6 traffic continues to increase, although IPv4 is projected to remain in significant use until as long as the year 2020.

Other interesting data from the infographic (bottom) shows that the United States and France are taking the lead in actively deploying IPv6 with Japan following. American telecommunications providers lead the pack for most requested IPv6 distribution, with Verizon and AT&T in first and second place, respectively.

There's also been a nine-fold increase in the amount of end-user requests from dual-stack consumer-oriented sites, which shows that ISPs are making progress in rolling out IPv6 site-accessibility to customers.

The infographic reveals little about Britain's IPv6 deployment other than that it is presumably lagging behind other European nations and features in the 3 per cent of native IPv6 distribution attributed to "other Europe."

An Akamai blog post attributes the upswing in IPv6 traffic to three major factors:

  • Content availability: More sites and applications support IPv4 and IPv6 traffic.
  • More availability from network access providers: The largest roll-outs of IPv6 support are coming from large ISPs like Verizon Wireless and AT&T.
  • More end-user device support: A limitation in wide-spread adoption of IPv6 has been the lack of support in many common end-user devices. Now, as users upgrade to new generation devices, many of those devices have native IPv6 support.