IPv6 traffic doubles, again

This is encouraging news: Google reports that 3% of its traffic is now IPv6. This means that IPv6 traffic has more than doubled, each of the past four years.

Even if 3% seems small, that’s huge in terms of the number of people involved. Google sees about 12 billion searches each day, and has about 191 million unique visitors each month.

A quick back of the envelope shows that that’s about 5.7 million IPv6 visitors each month, and most of that comes from US carrier Verizon wireless. That’s not surprising, considering that 39% of VZW’s traffic is IPv6.

So while 3% isn’t much as a percentage, it is a lot of traffic, and the rate of change is very good. All this bodes well for IPv6 adoption in the coming 24 months.

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