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IPv6 world launch date set for June

June 6, 2012 marks the beginning of the switchover to IPv6
June 6, 2012 marks the beginning of the switchover to IPv6
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June 6, 2012 marks the beginning of the switchover to IPv6
June 6, 2012 marks the beginning of the switchover to IPv6

Building on the success of last summer’s World IPv6 Day – when the world’s largest internet companies took the next-generation internet protocol for a 24-hour test-drive – the Internet Society has scheduled its official, co-ordinated launch for June 6, 2012.

On this date major web companies, US-based internet service providers and home network equipment vendors will begin to provide their services over IPv6, permanently.

A speedy and successful transition towards IPv6 is crucial to the continued success of the internet, as the current specification’s address pool was officially depleted in early 2011. IPv6 will solve address depletion as it allows for a far greater number of IP addresses to be assigned.

Internet service providers participating in IPv6 launch include AT&T, Comcast, Free Telecom, Internode, KDDI, Time Warner Cable and XS4ALL. Two participating network equipment manufacturers are Cisco and D-Link.

Bing, Facebook, Google and Yahoo! will also enable their services permanently over IPv6, beginning June 6. In the case of Google this applies to most of their products, including Gmail, Google Search and YouTube.

It’s extremely unlikely that end-users will experience any issues relating to the changeover to IPv6, but for peace of mind check out Google’s IPv6 test page.

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Darren McCarra is co-editor of The Sociable. He has a keen interest in photography, all things mobile, and writing about technology and social media. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.