Departmental Papers (ESE)


The paper documents and to some extent elucidates the progress of IPv6 across major Internet stakeholders since its introduction in the mid 90’s. IPv6 offered an early solution to a well-understood and well-documented problem IPv4 was expected to encounter. In spite of early standardization and awareness of the issue, the Internet’s march to IPv6 has been anything but smooth, even if recent data point to an improvement. The paper documents this progression for several key Internet stakeholders using available measurement data, and identifies changes in the IPv6 ecosystem that may be in part responsible for how it has unfolded. The paper also develops a stylized model of IPv6 adoption across those stakeholders, and validates its qualitative predictive ability by comparing it to measurement data.

Document Type

Technical Report

Date of this Version



Internet, IPv6 Adoption, Measurements, Modeling



Date Posted: 03 May 2016