Over 10 percent of all visits to Google websites are now made over IPv6 connections, as take-up of the next internet protocol continues to improve.
The past 12 months saw considerable growth. Google data shows that as of 2 January 2016, 10.09 percent of all traffic to its websites came from IPv6 connections, almost double that of the same date in 2015.
Given the scale of Google’s web presence this is a good indication of the overall trend of IPv6 uptake.
Belgium leads the way
Several smaller nations lead the global table for IPv6 connections. Belgium leads with 44.32 percent of connections in the country made over IPv6, while Switzerland is second with 30.89 percent.
For larger nations, the US is the most notable user of IPv6 with 25.63 percent of all connections to Google in the country coming from IPv6 connections. Germany, meanwhile, is clearly making good progress with 23.05 percent of connections.
The UK, though, lags behind with just 2.95 percent of connections to Google sites taking place over IPv6 connections.
The need to move to IPv6 is likely to become more pressing in the months ahead as the availability of IPv4 address spaces dwindles.
Nathalie Künneke-Trenaman, IPv6 program manager at the RIPE NCC, the European Regional Internet Registry, (RIR) told V3 that the 10 percent figure was a key milestone and she hoped the trend would grow in the year ahead.
“Adding IPv6 to networks is a great enabler for new technologies and services, and major technology leaders are increasingly committing to it. Apple has made IPv6 support a requirement for all app submissions, and ISPs globally are running large-scale tests," she said.
"It’s never been more important that we adopt IPv6, with four out of five regions across the world having reached IPv4 exhaustion. We hope to see 2016 fully embrace IPv6, as it’s the only way to scale and grow networks for the future.”
Last year the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN) was forced to reject a request for IPv4 addresses as it did not have enough left, the first time this had happened.
At the time it urged organisations to consider the use of IPv6, especially as new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) increase the need for new address blocks.
“ARIN encourages customers to seriously undertake a review of what they will need to make the switch to IPv6,” the organisation said.
“The internet is evolving and, as it changes and expands into new territories like the IoT, IPv6 will play a critical role."
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