APAC group launches IPv6 tracker tests for end users

Staff writer
10 Jun 2011

The Asia Pacific Network Information Centre Research and Development Lab(APNIC Labs), in partnership with RIPE Labs, has launched a tool to help network operators test the IPv6 capabilities of their users.

The release of this tool coincides with World IPv6 Day, a global “Test Flight” opportunity for any network operator wishing to participate by offering their services over IPv6.

Regional IPv6 allocations have steadily increased during the past 18 months, especially since the Asia Pacific region began rationing IPv4 address space to extend the life of the free pool for as long as possible. Full IPv6 deployment still presents challenges for many network operators, who have concerns about their users experiencing service disruptions during IPv6 deployment.

While most operators may recognize the need to devise a plan for IPv6 deployment, the next step is justifying space in the budget for that plan. The IPv6 Tracker is a simple code that can be utilized by anyone with a Google Analytics account, monitoring visitor traffic to assess the effect of IPv6 deployment on any individual website.

The reporting structure shows statistics on the interaction between end users and web content over IPv4, IPv6, or dual-stack networks.

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