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AAISP Criticises Slow IPv6 Adoption and Expect to Disable IPv4 Before 2024

Posted Monday, August 20th, 2012 (10:50 am) by Mark Jackson (Score 793)
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ISP Andrews & Arnold (AAISP) has today celebrated its tenth year of offering Internet Protocol v6 (IPv6) services to UK internet customers, which comes at a time when many of their rivals are still “dragging their heels” over adoption of the standard; that’s despite IPv4 addresses in Europe being perilously close to running out.

Any device that connects to the internet needs an Internet Protocol (IP) address to function properly, yet existing IPv4 addresses (e.g. have been running out since the IANA allocated its last remaining address blocks to the worlds five Regional Internet Registry’s (RIR) in February 2011.

Europe’s regional registry, RIPE NCC, is widely expected to run out before the end of 2012, yet an AAISP spokesperson warned today that, “many large UK ISPs still do not offer their customers IPv6” (i.e. v4’s replacement). We covered this problem in more detail here (UK ISPs Respond to Readiness Fears on World IPv6 Launch Day).

An AAISP Spokesperson said:

10 years ago IPv6 was leading edge, with very few companies offering any IPv6 services, and almost nobody offering it to consumers. At the time, only a few A&A customers took up IPv6 and it was very experimental.

Over the years it has become more and more mainstream. The FireBrick team incorporated full IPv6 PPP support as part of the equipment we deployed around 5 years ago – marking the end of our dedicated IPv6 gateway box and making IPv6 a standard feature. … All new customers are connected with IPv6 now, and A&A servers are available via IPv6.

In spite of the fact that the European regional registry (RIPE) is about to run out any day now, many large UK ISPs still do not offer their customers IPv6. Of those few ISPs offering IPv6, A&A are one of the only ones offering it as standard to all customers and shipping a configured IPv6 router as standard.”

AAISP somewhat boldly claims that ISPs which fail to deploy IPv6 cannot truly claim to offer full “internet access” because a miniscule portion of websites and services are already only available to IPv6 supporting connections.

In reality the prevalence of IPv4 means that ISPs and internet services alike will need to support the old addressing standard (dual-stack networks) for many years to come. The old standard cannot simply be switched off before the vast majority of internet users have been migrated onto IPv6 friendly connections and hardware.

AAISP envisages that IPv6-only networks will slowly become “more and more common” and as a result the ISP anticipates “finally turning off IPv4” before its next / 20th anniversary of IPv6 (2024) adoption. It will be interesting to see how that pans out.

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4 Responses
  1. Tom

    It isn’t even just residential and business DSL providers who are slow. RapidSwitch still don’t have IPv6 in their hosting network.

  2. Lots of web-hosts, including our own, have been lazy to add IPv6 support too. Partly because they have bags of IPv4’s spare and can thus afford to wait a lot longer.

    • dragon

      Depending on what they’re using to manage the hosting they may or may not be able to support IPv6.

      Whilst Apache and IIS as well as the operating systems themselves DO usually support IPv6 a lot of the off the shelf control panels Don’t seem to as of yet so unless they want to manually edit the config file for every site they provision and then ensure the control panel doesn’t overwrite that config if the customer changes something it’s still rather a pain to actually IPv6 enable shared hosting.

      Providers who have their own custom written control panels should have less of an excuse as they shouldn’t

  3. dragon

    Edit: Finishing incomplete post.

    Providers who have their own custom written control panels should have less of an excuse as they should have the teams inhouse to code the IPv6 support into the control panel

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