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World IPv6 Launch AAISP participation

World IPv6 LaunchLast year, on World IPv6 Day 8th June 2011, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai, Limelight Networks and many other major organisations offered their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour "test flight". The goal of the Test Flight Day was to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out.

It went well!

This year, World IPv6 Launch on 6th June 2012 Major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by 6 June 2012.

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Tenth year providing IPv6

We are in our tenth year of providing IPv6 to both business and consumer broadband customers!

IPv6 addresses for all new customers

Since the beginning of 2011 we have been allocating a /48 prefix to all new customers as standard.

IPv6 routers for all new customers

Since June 2011, before World IPv6 Day, we have been providing an IPv6 capable and configured broadband router as part of our standard package free with the service.

IPv6 business solutions

Since before 2011 our FireBrick range of products have provide routing and firewalling for business customers working with IPv6 and IPv4 built in from scratch. Our Ethernet business services have always offered IPv6.

25% of all lines have an IPv6 prefix assigned

We have increased from 10% at the start of 2011 to 25% of all broadband lines now have an IPv6 prefix routed.

Google via IPv6

For many years our DNS resolvers have been on Googles IPv6 list allowing all of our customers to access google services using IPv6 by default if they have IPv6.

Even games via IPv6

Blizzard have managed to get their network IPv6 connected for EU and UK game servers for World of Warcraft in time for World IPv6 Launch. There is a checkbox to enable IPv6 under the Options menu, but apart from that it just works!

Nothing new here - move along - these aren't the IP addresses you are looking for

In all seriousness, World IPv6 Launch is just a normal day for AAISP we launched years ago.

So are we doing anything special at all? We are looking at ways we can get more of our existing customers upgraded to IPv6 capable routers - watch this space.

Were the Mayans right? is 2012 the end

Forecasts vary but it is quite likely that at some point in 2012 RIPE (the EU regional registry) will effectively run out of old style IPv4 addresses. Maybe the Mayans knew something after all!


What are we not doing?

There are two areas that need work. One is in our control and that is our SIP servers. In theory they do IPv6, but only to other IPv6 devices as they do not back to back the media. We have a major redesign all planned which will back-to-back all media and so work sensibly with IPv6. However we do have an IPv6 platform which does back-to-back the media which can be used if anyone wants to test IPv6 phones. The main problem is finding phones that do IPv6 SIP properly in the first place.

The other is mobile data SIMs. This one is outside our control. At present we handle IPv6 as 6to4 (protocol 41) as a work around. As soon as the mobile networks support native IPv6, we will - our end is ready. We are nagging them a lot on this.

When will everyone offer IPv6

An interesting side effect of some statements recently made by OFCOM could affect this. Basically, OFCOM are of the view that you cannot call your service "Internet" access if it does not provide access to all lawful content on the Internet. This is primarily aimed at ISPs that are filtering various ports and protocols or even web pages and is to encourage a degree of net neutrality or at least customer awareness and transparency. However, one side effect they probably did not expect is that there is, of course, IPv6 only content on the Internet already - that means any ISP only providing legacy IPv4 is not providing access to all lawful content and so should not say they are providing "Internet" access.

Lets hope Trading Standards start to take up this same view. At which point anyone wanting to sell a service as "Internet" will have to be IPv6, at least in the UK.

To be honest, I suspect OFCOMs stated views on use of "Internet" in the description is already a good basis to complain to your ISP if they do not offer IPv6 now. It would be interesting if anyone did take an ISP to Trading Standards or ADR over this. Do let me know as I would love to publish the story on my Blog. Perhaps as a World IPv6 Launch story... RevK


Other IPv6 Pages:

IPv6 KB article
IPv6 Router promotion for new orders
Status post on World IPv6 day