You may have heard that IP addresses are running out. It’s true. IP addresses that fall under what is commonly known as IPv4, or Internet Protocol version 4 will soon reach their technical limit causing a shortage of available IP addresses. The good news is there’s a solution: IPv6.
What is IPv6?
Currently there are almost 4.3 billion unique IP addresses that use IPv4, but it’s simply not enough to support the number of internet-connected devices around the world.
IPv6 is an updated internet protocol capable of supporting more devices, by supporting more addresses – 340 undecillion to be exact. For context, one undecillion is 10 to the power of 38, or a one followed by 38 zeros. To put it in perspective, if the current pool of 4.3 billion addresses were the size of a golf ball, the new 340 undecillion address space would be about the size of the sun.
What is World IPv6 Day?
World IPv6 Day is June 8 from midnight to midnight GMT. On this day, major web companies around the world will enable IPv6 on their main websites for 24 hours. This test period is designed to help the industry prepare for global deployment of the new protocol by flagging and fixing issues in advance.
For those in the Eastern time zone, the event will take place from 8:00pm on June 7 to 8:00pm on June 8. To see when World IPv6 day will start for you, go here.
How will World IPv6 Day impact you?
Most likely, it won’t. The vast majority of Rogers customers will not be affected during the test period. In some rare cases, some people may not be able to access certain websites, but this will be temporary.
Rogers has been preparing for this change for more than two years and making continual network improvements to minimize the impact on you. Our engineers have been working since 2006 to modernize our network so we can seamlessly integrate IPv6. We’ve also been working closely with content partners like Google to ensure that you can continue to access the information you need, when you need it.
Should I do anything to prepare?
No. However, you can ensure that your computer is up-to-date with the latest software fixes. You can also visit our Information Centre or go to http://test-ipv6.com to check the readiness of your computer in advance.
Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard