About six years ago I did an IPv6 survey for the IPv6 for e-Business Project. Part of that was a list of the IPv6 prefixes allocated at the time to Australian companies – there were 19 prefixes, with only 6 of those visible in the global routing tables. Recently (22 Aug 2012) I had another look at the APNIC IPv6 prefixes for Australia, on the excellent SixXS Ghost Route Hunter pages. Here’s some stats.
There are now 512 IPv6 prefixes allocated to Australian organisations, mainly /32s (for providers) and /48s (for provider-independent routing). But don’t break out the champagne just yet. Of these 512 prefixes:
16 – have been returned to APNIC.
24 – are defunct. Announced at some stage, but then disappeared.
325 – have never been implemented – nearly early two-thirds of the total. Some are probably works in progress.
147 – are visible globally.
Yes, a whole 147 entities in Australia are telling the world they have valid IPv6 routing paths!
No, put down the champagne. Looking at the websites of the 147 companies:
6 – have no site or are under construction.
10 – are APNIC own-allocations or Internet data exchanges.
32 – are government, academic or various businesses.
97 – are Internet-related businesses: networks, hosting, data centres, IT consulting etc.
Of those 97 Internet-related businesses, 49 provide Internet access services: networks, wireless, broadband, VoIP, mobile, etc. Some have more than one allocation, so the unique number of ISPs with working IPv6 prefixes is 45.
Wow, there’s 45 Australian companies providing IPv6!
Sadly, no. Of the 45, only 10 have even dual-stacked their own websites (making them visible over both IPv4 and IPv6), 3 more have incomplete implementations, and 32 are still running IPv4-only websites. That’s right, 32 Australian ISPs are announcing their IPv6 routing to the world, but haven’t got around to dual-stacking their websites – including Telstra and Optus.
So who are the 10 clued-up providers with IPv6-capable websites: do they offer IPv6 network access and consumer access (DSL, provider tunnels), and do they tell consumers about IPv6?
|Provider||IPv6 Website||Network IPv6||Consumer IPv6||IPv6 Mentioned|
|iiNet||iinet.com.au||Yes||Mention re modems|
|PIPE||pipenetworks.com||Yes||(No site search)|
|TPG||tpg.com.au||Mention re modems|
|Skymesh||skymesh.net.au||(No site search)|
|Firenet||firenet.com.au||(No site search)|
Some of the above are now subsidiaries of others, but this table relates to their original allocations and current websites. Apart from IPv6Now (declaration of interest), not one of these ISPs even mentions the term IPv6 on the front page of their website.
Tell me again how “lack of IPv6 is the customers’ fault because they’re not asking for it”. Just why would anyone ask for something their ISP doesn’t bother to promote?
There are 45 ISPs in this country currently able to route IPv6. Why are they so shy about it?
(Image from Interact Lab)