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Akamai reports hike in IPv6 traffic

460 times more requests for content over IPv6 compared to last year

Akamai, the company best known for its CDN platform, has issued its State of the Internet report for the second quarter of 2012, revealing that the volume of IPv6 traffic in June this year was 460 times greater than in June 2011.

The company registered a 460 times increase in the number of requests for content compared to the same time the previous year, and a 67 times the number of clients making requests for content.

In the lead-up to World IPv6 Day in June this year, there was a gradual increase in worldwide IPv6 traffic, increasing from 0.06 per cent to 0.15 per cent in the fortnight before 6 June.

Australia was far behind other nations in the region when it comes to IPv6 adoption.

Analysts have predicted that the shift to IPv6 on a large scale will take three to four years. However, there are still concerns in the industry that IPv6 adoption will occur too slowly to avoid issues relating to IPv4 exhaustion.

The Akamai report also registered 24 per cent growth in Australian internet speeds over 12 months. In Q2 2012, Australian internet connections averaged 4.4Mbps.


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