p2pnet view P2P:- IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) is an IP version “designed to succeed Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4)”, says the Wikipedia. “IPv4 is the first publicly used Internet Protocol and has been in operation since 1981″, it says, going on it’s an “Internet Layer protocol for packet-switched internetworking and provides end-to-end datagram transmission across multiple IP networks.
“As a datagram service it does not guarantee reliability, a function provided at the Transport Layer. The main driving force for the redesign of Internet Protocol was the foreseeable IPv4 address exhaustion. IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and is described in Internet standard document RFC 2460, published in December 1998.
“IPv6 uses a 128-bit address, whereas IPv4 uses only 32 bits. The new address space supports 2128 (about 3.4×1038) addresses. This expansion provides considerable flexibility in allocating addresses and routing traffic. It also eliminates the primary need for network address translation (NAT), which gained widespread deployment as an effort to alleviate IPv4 address exhaustion.”
In short, IPv6 is where it’s at —- or, rather, it should be where it’s at.
But it isn’t. Not in Canada, at least. Here, says BGP Mon, the IPv6 deployment rate is “significantly lower than for example New Zealand, Japan and many European countries”.
Traditionally, “the IP Transit market in Canada was heavily dominated by Canadian Companies”, it says, continuing:
“However these companies have missed the boat in the new world of IPv6. Most of the IPv6 ready Canadian networks are now forced to by transit from the larger global carriers. As more and more transit RFP’s have IPv6 as a mandatory requirement, this could very well result in loss of IPv4 customers as well.”
There is, though, an exception.
TekSavvy. An indie ISP based in Ontario, it’s the “only ISP in Canada offering experimental IPv6 services to customers”, says the post.
“We’ve been offering v6 logins for a year or so now”, ceo Rocky Gaudrault (right) told p2pnet today.
When will it become widely available? – we wondered.
“The problem is in general adoption with the hardware and software vendors”, said Gaudrault.
“Frankly, if it weren’t for that we’d likely already be there.”
At the moment “most of the Canadian transit providers that are market leaders in IPv4 do not provide transit to any IPv6 network (Telus, Bell, Allstream)”, says BGP Mon, pointing out the exceptions are Peer1 (providing transit to 271/BCNET, 11290/ Cogeco Cable and 36483/ gossamer Threads) and Shaw, which provides transit to AS271/BCNET.
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Research and Education (R&E) networks globally have been early adaptors and in Canada Canarie is no exception as they have been running IPv6 for many years.
If we zoom in a little more into the Canadian R&E community we see that in the world of IPv4, fourteen Canadian networks appear behind AS6509 (Canarie). In the world of IPv6 that’s seven networks. This would make for a score of 50% in our IPv6 deployment scale. Significantly better than the average Canadian Ipv6 deployment score of 8%.
The good news for Canada is “compared to the rest of the world, Canada’s IPv6 deployment ratio of 8% is on par with the global average”, says the post, tempering the statement with the rider:
“It’s however significantly lower than countries it normally likes to compare itself with.”
BGP Mon – Residential IPv6 services in Canada, January 5, 2011
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