As compared to the Ipv6 day observed in 2011, the internet traffic had received a major surge this year
July11, 2012: The launch of IPv6 on 6th June this year was anticipated as the most awaited event in the history of internet owing to the transfer of Ipv4 address to V6 and the volume of success it could muster.
Well the curtains have been raised now and the launch came out to be as a win-win situation for the users. The IPv6 traffic has acquired a substantial surge as compared to the results observed on the Ipv6 Day last year.
Ahead of the D-day, a lot of speculations kept on doing rounds. While some experts were of the mind that the launch would not result in a significant traffic boost as was expected as most of the users committing to v6 “already turned up their networks ahead of the launch” as was reported a Fierce Telecom report dated June18, 2012.
However amid all such negative thoughts, there were some positive thinkers as well who believed that the launched would fetch much better results than originally expected.
Singing somewhat similar song the Hurricane Electric’s IPv6 evangelist, Owen DeLong predicted a minute increase in the traffic that would probably be followed by a slow rise in the traffic rates.
He speculated that the IPv6 traffic would at least increase to twofold if not quadrupled again after the launch received a huge success the last year. He further predicted even better hike in traffic next year.
Putting an end to all the projected theories the v6 traffic finally fared nicely. The responsibility to measure the traffic was given to a number of ISPs and metric companies such as Akamai, Arbor Networks.
Updating about the event on the Security Blog of Arbor Network, the company’s representatives Darren Anstee and Scott Iekel-Johnston wrote, “IPv6 now peaks at around 0.1 percent … of the traffic we track from operators who are capable of generating telemetry for native IPv6 traffic–this represents a 20x growth over the past year, before World v6 Launch,”.
However, despite a substantial rise, the Ipv6 traffic was still too low as compared to that of Ipv4, as they wrote, “In the last week the maximum volume of IPv4 traffic tracked from all Arbor ATLAS participants was 189.81 Tbps, in comparison the maximum level of IPv6 traffic (native and tunnelled combined) was 24.07 Gbps–a big difference.”
As per the statistics revealed by Akamai Networks to Fierce Telecom,
- The overall IPv 6 hits on the June 6 came out to be 3,894,971,156
- This was surprisingly 460 times more than the traffic recorded last year on June8
- The number of total observed IPv6 addresses was 18,999,253, 67 times more than in 2011
- From among total observed v6 addresses, 836,000 were from Asia, 3.5 million from Europe and a maximum of 12 million were from the US.
- Among the topmost ISPs to take IPv6 requests included
◦ Verizon Wireless, with 1/3 of total requests and distinct addresses
◦ AT&T in the US
◦ Free, an ISP in France
◦ RCS & RDS, the ISP from Rome
◦ Comcast, again from the US
◦ KDDI, based in Japan
As per the reports from Akamai, all these 6 Internet Service providers took a significant 86 percent of the total requests from the world of over.
Sensing the voluminous success of the IPv6 with each passing year, IPv4 could well be a history in the forthcoming days. It would be interesting to observe the world of internet in such a scenario and how the censoring authorities would be able to restrict the sites that use this new protocol instead of IPv6. For now, we can only wait and watch!
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