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27% of Belgian users have IPv6... but nearly no content...

Monday 18 August 2014, by Eric Vyncke

Some of you have probably noticed this huge steps: more than 1 Belgian users out of 4 has IPv6 enabled by default and uses IPv6 to reach Google (see graph below).

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Graph of IPV6 users reaching Google from Belgium

APnic labs also measures the same thing:

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Top IPv6-enabled countries (per APnic)

It appears as mainly driven VOO (= Brutele), Telenet but also Belnet, Belgacom and EDPnet… and this is without any mobile provider (who are late in the game compared to Poland, US, UK, …) and without big enterprises (as far as I know).

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Top IPv6-enabled countries (per APnic)

This also means that content providers should really move to IPv6, their eyeballs (= users/customers) are ready.

Now, to be honest, our country is on vacation mode and the weather is not really fantastic, meaning no business users (we are on vacation), no mobile users (we stay home)… So in September when business will start again, with many more business users, I am afraid that our IPv6 penetration will go slightly down…

Anyway, while we are ahead worldwide regarding the number of fixed line residential users, we still have to work hard to move the Internet in Belgium to the XXIth century

- éric

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