IPv6 Matrix Test results published for IPv6 Day

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Wed Jun 8 02:23:37 CEST 2011

Please distribute widely. Apologies for cross-posting.

LONDON - 8 June 2011
In preparation for the World IPv6 Day on 8th June 2011, the English
Chapter of the Internet Society has released the latest figures from its
IPv6 Matrix Project, showing the level of IPv6 connectivity amongst the
world's 1 million busiest Web sites. A summary of those results can be
found in its latest report, freely downloadable from:

IPv6 reachable content needs to be available in order for IPv6 traffic
to pick-up on the Internet. The IPv6 Matrix Project consists of a
crawler testing connectivity to the world's busiest Web sites. Those are
responsible for more than 95% of the Internet's traffic.
The report shows that only a very small minority of Web sites are
currently accessible using IPv6.
Although figures worldwide show an increase in percentage of "dual
stack" (IPv4 and IPv6) connectivity, this is so low that it can be
compared to the Internet's early days, before the mid nineties rush
triggered by the invention of Web Browsing. It is hoped that a
significant rise in IPv6 connectivity will be observed after the World
IPv6 Day, meaning that experimental connectivity on the day was found to
be stable enough for corporations to keep their Web site running IPv6.
The current results, finalised at the end of April 2011, were compared
with September 2010 results. A sharp rise was found in countries where a
main Web Hosting provider has upgraded to a dual stack infrastructure,
but in most cases, the rise amounted to nothing more than a glitch in
absolute values.

In general, Europe leads the way, with Asia following, then the American
continent, and finally Africa. Considering the advanced stage of
exhaustion in the current IPv4 addressing scheme, the figures for IPv6
are very poor.

The IPv6 Matrix Project ( http://www.ipv6matrix.org ) is an ISOC England
managed project, supported by the Internet Society and other sponsors,
collecting vital IPv6 network data since July 2010. To-date more than
70Gb of real networking data has been stored by this unique project for
future analysis. The aim of the project is to track the overall natural
spread of a new technology on the Internet, showing early and late
adopters of technology worldwide. It also aims to trigger a wake-up call
to countries noticing the advanced network infrastructure of their
For all enquiries, contact: contact at isoc-e.org

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