IPv6 is finally gaining a foothold – have ISPs seen the light?

The successor to IPv4 is nothing new in the world of IP addresses. In fact, you may be surprised to hear that IPv6 launched back in the 1990s. However, to say that ISPs have been slow to upgrade to IPv6 is something of an understatement. Even though our supply of IPv4 addresses is now depleted and there is huge potential for IPv6 to grow the Internet, ISPs have been reluctant. However, new data from the RIPE NCC, the Internet registry for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia, reveals that 66% of its Local Internet Registries (LIRs) now hold IPv6 number resources. IPv6 is gaining traction. In this article Stephen Strowes, Senior Research Scientist at the RIPE NCC, poses the question, have ISPs finally seen the light on IPv6?

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