By John Brzozowski, Comcast | July 22nd, 2014
On the heels of the second anniversary of World IPv6 Launch, Comcast – already recognized as the world’s largest native broadband IPv6 deployment – is pleased to announce that 100 percent of Comcast’s broadband network has been fully deployed to support IPv6 dual stack connectivity.
In addition, according to July 2014 launch measurements published last week by the Internet Society, Comcast has surpassed 30 percent deployment.
The deployment of IPv6 is a critical step in supporting the growing needs of the Internet, as IPv4 resources, engineered and brought to fruition over 30 years ago, continue to dwindle due to the explosion of devices hooked into the global network. The deployment of IPv6 is also a necessary step as the “Internet of Things” – devices that leverage a broadband infrastructure in order to think and function – continues to rise, and as next generation network technologies, like IPv6 Segment Routing and Service Function Chaining, begin to take shape.
This is a significant achievement for Comcast, but we’re also proud of our continued commitment to the seamless and ubiquitous deployment of IPv6. Comcast’s efforts pioneering IPv6 over the past 10 years have been a driving force across the entire Internet ecosystem, leading to faster innovation and competition.
Comcast’s deployment continues to expand with penetration expected to reach nearly 50 percent by the end of 2014. Beyond that, our plans include support for additional residential devices, as well as the launch of IPv6 capability for our Business Internet customers. In addition, Comcast continues to leverage IPv6 across the entire product and service portfolio, with IPv6 only support planned for both the Xfinity X1 platform and Xfinity Voice, with trials slated for later this year. And on the content front, Comcast is also pleased to announce that we recently launched IPv6 support for several NBCUniversal digital properties, including nbc.com, nbcsports.com and universalstudios.com.
We are also pleased to announce that we have achieved a significant traffic milestone as we recently crossed 1Tb/s of Internet facing, native IPv6 traffic. Reaching this goal would not be possible without the efforts of content partners like Google, who enabled YouTube streaming to be dual stack enabled by default. Increased support for IPv6 across content and consumer electronic is critical to ensure the success of the IPv6 transition across the Internet ecosystem.