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Update on IPv6 Adoption

In the third quarter of 2013, the State of the Internet Report started to include insight into IPv6 adoption based on data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform™. Throughout the last year, we've seen impressive growth rates across the top countries and network providers on both a quarterly and yearly basis as native IPv6 connectivity is made available to more end users.

In the third quarter of 2014, Belgium and Germany were the only two countries with more than 10 percent of their requests to Akamai made over IPv6. With an IPv6 adoption rate of 27 percent, Belgium was up an impressive 45 percent from the second quarter, and 610 percent from the third quarter of 2013. This massive growth was fueled by Belgian providers Brutele (VOO) and Telenet, with both sending about half of their requests to Akamai over IPv6. Germany's 11 percent IPv6 adoption rate was up a massive 87 percent from the previous quarter, and 168 percent over the previous year. Native IPv6 support from providers Deutsche Telekom, Kabel Deutschland, Unitymedia, and Kabel BW helped drive Germany's numbers.

Within the Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report, we look at IPv6 adoption among network providers, focusing on those that made the largest number of requests to Akamai over IPv6 during the quarter, which provides the best perspective on adoption across end-user network providers. Across this group of providers, only Verizon Wireless (United States) and Brutele (Belgium) had more than half of their requests to Akamai made over IPv6 during the third quarter of 2014. Verizon Wireless took an early leadership position around IPv6, announcing in 2009 that any manufacturers that wanted their devices to work on Verizon's then-upcoming LTE network would have to give the devices the ability to support IPv6. Verizon's third quarter adoption rate of 56 percent was up 12 percent from the third quarter, and 43 percent from the third quarter of 2013. Brutele (VOO) started the transition to IPv6 in 2012 and has clearly been aggressive in its deployment over the following couple of years. Brutele's 55 percent IPv6 adoption rate in the third quarter was up more than 50 percent from the second quarter, and more than 83 percent from the third quarter of 2013.

It is interesting to observe the periodicity of IPv6 adoption levels. The graphs below come from the IPv6 Adoption Trends by Country and Network visualization and cover September 2014, although the trends they show also extend into the fourth quarter. For both Belgium and Germany, a higher percentage of requests occur over IPv6 during the weekend than on weekdays. This regular pattern would seem to suggest that corporate networks in these countries lag subscriber networks in supporting IPv6. Home and mobile Internet activity, which occurs more on the weekends, is taking place over native IPv6 connections.



For more on IPv6 adoption and other Internet connectivity topics, read Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report.