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IPv6 Annual Update

“The UK IPv6 Council sees 50% of UK residential customers having IPv6 by early 2017; what are YOU doing to ensure your organisation is IPv6 ready?"

The UK IPv6 Council held its 3rd Annual Meeting at the IET in London last month, attended by around 100 people from industry and academia. Sky, BT and EE all reported on their IPv6 deployments for residential customers. Sky have fully deployed dual-stack to some 4.5M customers, while BT’s 21C network is ready and customers will have IPv6-enabled as their Home Hubs are updated over the coming few weeks. EE now have around 50,000 PostPay subscriptions with IPv6 handsets. Together, these projects have pushed the UK’s IPv6 readiness to over 15%; as the BT rollout proceeds, we can expect that figure to double by early 2017.

Other presentations at the event included overviews of IPv6 deployments at LinkedIn and Microsoft, and insights into potential future IPv6 content delivery methods through research being undertaken by Cisco and the Paris Innovation Research Labs (PIRL). The agenda included a couple of talks on practical issues of IPv6 deployment, from Sky UK’s broadband experience, and from Imperial College, who have the largest UK university IPv6 deployment. The Imperial College case study is particularly interesting given they are moving 40Gbit/s of IPv6 traffic to their high energy physics researchers from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

The BBC gave a short talk to confirm that their IPv6 deployment plans are underway. The day was rounded off by a presentation from ISOC, who have been measuring IPv6 deployment from various perspectives since organising the World IPv6 Day and World IPv6 Launch events back in 2011 and 2012. The deployment curve is now very much up and to the right, and the UK is now in a much better position than it was just 12 months ago.

Presentations and videos recorded by the IET.tv team can be found at www.ipv6.org.uk.