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title: 2020 is the year of IPv6
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pub_date: 2020-08-07
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author: ungleich
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abstract:
IPv6 is beginning to take off in 2020
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When is IPv6 beginning to matter? When is IPv6 taking off? These are
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questions that we debate in the IPv6 community at meetings, online and offline.
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For us, 2020 has already become the year of IPv6, even way before it
is ending.
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## IPv6 traffic reached more than 33% (1/3) of traffic to Google
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According to Google, IPv6 search traffic already exceeds 33%:
![](/u/image/google-ipv6-2020-08-07.png)
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The recent growth this year is also attributed to more people working
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from home, where IPv6 is already more present than in business
connections.
33% - this is clearly not yet 100%, however it means that every third
search request is made using IPv6.
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## Some countries passed the 50% IPv6 deployment status
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[India](https://stats.labs.apnic.net/ipv6/IN),
[Belgium](https://stats.labs.apnic.net/ipv6/BE),
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[the US](https://stats.labs.apnic.net/ipv6/US) and
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[Malaysia](https://stats.labs.apnic.net/ipv6/MY) - all of them have
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passed the 50% IPv6 deployment mark. **India even surpassed the 70%
mark!**
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And [Greece](https://stats.labs.apnic.net/ipv6/GR) and
[Germany](https://stats.labs.apnic.net/ipv6/DE) are not far from
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passing the 50% mark (while we in
[Switzerland](https://stats.labs.apnic.net/ipv6/CH) only passed the
40% mark...).
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In other words: if you are living or travelling to the above countries,
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you have a good chance of getting IPv6 - and it's growing.
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## IPv6 community is active and growing
At the moment there are so many cool IPv6 projects and communities
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around, more active than we have ever seen before.
Let us list some projects/communities we are aware of:
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* [IPv6 Buzz](https://packetpushers.net/series/ipv6-buzz/)
by Ed Horley, Scott Hogg, and Tom Coffeen
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* [The IPv6 Chat on Matrix and IRC](/u/projects/ipv6-chat/)
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* [The APNIC blog](https://blog.apnic.net/)
* [RIPE labs](https://labs.ripe.net/)
* [IPv6 on Reddit](https://www.reddit.com/r/ipv6/)
* [Afrinic is offering education](https://learn.afrinic.net/)
* [The IPv6 blog](https://ipv6.blog/) is a community maintained link
collection - add your IPv6 resources there!
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.. and probably many more! Did we miss a community? Just [let us know about it](/u/contact/).
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## IPv6 hardware/software support improving
For many years we have been watching IPv6 support in (network)
hardware and open source software. And while not every everything is
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fixed, many pain points have been solved.
And the great thing is, even if your network equipment does not work with IPv6 nicely,
a lot of equipment can now be made IPv6 usable just by flashing
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[OpenWRT](https://openwrt.org/).
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## IPv6 everywhere
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You might have heard the claims of our CEO, [Nico
Schottelius](https://twitter.com/NicoSchottelius),
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that [you can have IPv6
everywhere](https://twitter.com/RobbieMitch/status/1183731875292037121).
![](/u/image/nico-ripe79.jpeg)
This year at ungleich we released the
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[VIIRB](u/products/viirb-ipv6-box/), the world's smallest IPv6
router.
![](/u/image/viirb-strawberry.jpeg)
This device is so easy and so small that you really don't have an
excuse for not having IPv6: power it on, plug it into an IPv4 only
network: all devices in your network have IPv6 via autoconfiguration.
## IPv6 in 2020
So in 2020, you can go out, connect yourself anywhere with IPv6, talk
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about it with everybody and get your software up and running easily.
Oh, and if you think it is just us, we are not the only ones
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who think [the attitude towards IPv6
changed!](https://blog.apnic.net/2020/08/03/ipv4-ipv6-and-a-sudden-change-in-attitude/).