The UK and the US are lagging outside the top 20 nations for IPv6 adoption, despite the depletion of IPv4 addresses and widespread attempts at promoting awareness of the need to migrate to the new protocotol.
Figures released by the RIPE NCC, one of the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) in charge of providing blocks of IP addresses, show that the UK has an adoption rate of just 17 per cent, while the US is far behind on 9 per cent.
This compares poorly against the top adopters of Norway on 49 per cent, the Netherlands on 42 per cent and Malaysia on 28 per cent. Other European nations include Sweden (31 per cent), Germany (30 per cent) and Ireland (29 per cent).
Trefor Davies, the chief technology officer at managed services firm Timico and an advisor to the UK government on IPv6 migration, told V3 that the figures underlined the lack of urgency businesses leaders have shown on the issue.
"I have spoken with some large business IT Directors and the typical response is ‘It's been on my to do list for the last four years' but they have not got an urgent reason for doing so," he said.
"Bigger companies in particular have their own IPv4 address blocks and their use is not particularly growing. They also don't want to address the issue of auditing their IT estate - if they need to replace or upgrade a lot of equipment the cost is an unknown that people would prefer to defer."
Davies added that much IPv6 equipment available is expensive, putting firms off from making the transition to the new protocol.
Last year internet minister Ed Vaizey called on UK businesses to ensure they prepare for the IPv6 switch-over to give themselves a competitive advantage on the world stage by ensuring their operations are not disrupted by the transition from IPv4.
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