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