[nycbug-talk] More Macs mean higher IPv6 usage in US

Steven Kreuzer skreuzer at exit2shell.com
Thu Nov 13 14:28:17 EST 2008

Interesting Read: http://tinyurl.com/6zma7k

Highlights from the Article:

"At the RIPE meeting in Dubai two weeks ago, Google presented results  
from a study about how IPv6-capable "ordinary users" are. And the  
results are surprising. While an earlier study by Arbor Networks  
showed only 0.0026 percent of all traffic was IPv6 enabled, Google  
determined that world wide, 0.238 percent of their users' systems have  
IPv6 enabled and prefer to use IPv6 over IPv4 where possible. "

"The top five IPv6-using countries (that generate significant traffic)  
are: Russia (0.76 percent), France (0.65 percent), Ukraine (0.64  
percent), Norway (0.49 percent), and the US (0.45 percent). The notion  
that IPv6 is much further along in Asia is apparently a myth: China  
showed 0.24 percent IPv6-enabled users and Japan 0.15 percent."

"In the case of the US, the relatively high IPv6 penetration seems to  
be the result of Apple's market share being much higher there than  
elsewhere in the world. It turns out that no less than 52 percent of  
all IPv6 users have a Mac and use 6to4. Apparently, those users have  
an Airport Extreme Wi-Fi base station / home router, which has the  
6to4 tunneling mechanism enabled."

Steven Kreuzer

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