World IPv6 Launch is on 6th June 2012, What is it meant to you?

Internet Society announced IPv6 Launch is on 6th June 2012, Which means, IPv6 will be permanently enabled for their products and services by major ISPs, makers of home networking equipment and Web companies on 6th June 2012.

World IPv6 Launch

The IPv6 was tested by some major companies and ISPs previously on June 8 last year. The Participants in the test includes Akamai, Facebook, Google and Yahoo, But for the IPv6 launch day 250 participants going to enable IPv6 permanently.

Committed ISPs are:

  • AT&T
  • Comcast
  • Free Telecom
  • Internode
  • KDDI
  • Time Warner Cable
  • XS4ALL

Committed network equipment manufacturers are:

  • Cisco
  • D-Link

Web companies participating initially are:

  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Microsoft Bing
  • Yahoo!

Content delivery network (CDN) providers participants are :

  • Akamai
  • Limelight

What does it meant to you?

Mostly Internet users will not be affected, they should enjoy uninterrupted service. In rare cases, users may still experience connectivity issues when visiting participating Websites.

You can visit an IPv6 test site to check if connectivity. If the test indicates a problem, Then disable IPv6 or ask your ISP to help fix the problem.

It is important to note that participating websites still continue to support access over IPv4. You shouldn’t worry if you aren’t able to obtain access to the IPv6 Internet. World IPv6 Launch will simply introduce IPv6 in parallel to IPv4.

What If you want to get Ready?

Users with modern operating systems and devices will start using IPv6 automatically. The majority of users shouldn’t notice the transition at all. IPv4 access will still be available as companies permanently enable IPv6 on their products and services.

Check your home router’s documentation to see if it support’s IPv6, and contact your ISP to ask if IPv6 is deployed in your service area.

Source: World IPv6 Launch