IPv6 tipping point

IPv6 has hit a major tipping point: it now accounts for more than 50 per cent of the traffic carried by US mobile networks.

That's according to the Internet Society's Mat Ford, who has been tracking the figures for the past year. Looking at the AS routing numbers for the four big mobile companies in the United States – AT&T, Sprint, T‑Mobile and Verizon – there has been a solid increase in the amount of IPv6 traffic, hitting the 50 per cent mark last month and continuing to increase.

And IPv6 use is still accelerating. This is good news for engineers, who have been desperately trying to encourage take-up of the standard (which is incompatible with IPv4) for a decade. ®

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