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Google's IPv6 Stats Hit 12% on Fourth Anniversary of World IPv6 Launch

Dan York

Four years ago today, thousands of websites, including Facebook, Google and Yahoo, and hundreds of networks permanently enabled IPv6 in what was called "World IPv6 Launch”. One year before, on June 6, 2011, there had been a 24-hour test in "World IPv6 Day” but by June 6, 2012, IPv6 was enabled permanently for the participating sites and networks.

One of the many IPv6 statistics sites many of us have watched since that time has been Google's statistics. It tracks the "percentage of users that access Google over IPv6” and has been showing that reliably over many years now.

Back in June 2012, the global percentage of users connecting over IPv6 was under 1%. In fact, that percentage wouldn't cross 1% consistently until the end of 2012 ... but in the 3.5 years since, the global percentage has climbed and climbed until just this past weekend it hit 12%!

Percentage of users that access Google over IPv6
Click to Enlarge / Source: Google IPv6

Now, if you select the "Per-Country Statistics" tab you can see that the percentages vary widely around the world. The USA is currently showing 27.44%. Belgium is at 43%. Switzerland is at 26%. Japan at 11% ... and the list goes on.

It's fantastic to see this kind of growth curve - and with the IPv6 deployment we're seeing in mobile networks I expect the curve to continue to climb. I look forward to celebrating the fifth "Launchiversary" on June 6, 2017, with even better statistics!

P.S. There are some other articles out today related to the 4th anniversary of World IPv6 Launch that you may find of interest:

And, if you haven't started migrating your content and network to work over IPv6, there are many great resources available, including the Internet Society's Deploy360 site pages from the different Regional Internet Registries:

By Dan York, Author and Speaker on Internet technologies - and on staff of Internet Society. Dan is employed as a Senior Content Strategist with the Internet Society but opinions posted on CircleID are entirely his own. Visit the blog maintained by Dan York here.

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Apple's requirement for iOS apps to work over IPv6 will help, too Dan York  –  Jun 06, 2016 6:36 PM PDT

I should have also noted that Apple's requirement that as of June 1 all iOS apps must work on IPv6-only networks will also help with the continued rise in IPv6 deployment, if for no other reason than we may see app developers asking their ISPs for IPv6 connectivity.  It will also raise awareness of IPv6 in general.

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