Ronny Lam

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Is IPv6 Adoption Declining?

I stumbled across the AMS-IX stats tonight and did an interesting observation. Overall traffic is growing enormously; Moore’s Law for data traffic, as proven in 2001, is still growing strong. Internet traffic, as you can also see in the following graph, is doubling every year.

Total traffic

However, starting from the World IPv6 Launch Day at 6/6/2012, we see a rise in IPv6 traffic until the end of 2013. It is still only 2.5‰ of the total traffic, but I would expect it to keep rising. Instead we see a decline in the beginning of this year.

IPv6 traffic

I don’t know what this means and if this will be the trend for the rest of the year. I have also not yet investigated if this is happening at other Internet Xchanges as well. But it is interesting to follow the progress.