IPv6 is the Future

Global IPv6 deployment is vital to the continued growth and stability of the Internet. Today, key organizations, governments and the private sector are working - often in partnership – to implement IPv6-ready networks, and to ensure all regions and sectors have access to the equipment and education necessary to join the IPv6 Internet.

A supply of global IP addresses larger than the currently available pool of IPv4 addresses is necessary to maintain the sustainable, long-term development of a global and open Internet. The development of technologies such as 4G, smart cities and the Internet of Things require address space at an ever-increasing rate.

IPv6 is the next generation IP protocol. It was designed to account for the future growth of the Internet, with an available pool of 340 trillion, trillion, trillion unique IP addresses. Momentum for IPv6 deployment is increasing globally as IPv4 addresses become scarce. Around the world, there are efforts to increase broadband penetration. More smart phones and network-ready devices are entering the market, and the number of Internet users is steadily increasing.

Internet Service Providers and Mobile Network Operators

The explosive growth of mobile-only Internet access, which sees voice, messaging and data delivered through IP-based services, will only increase the demand for IP addresses. IPv6 will satisfy this demand, and sustain future business growth.

Many of the world’s major ISPs and mobile network operators, including Verizon Wireless (USA), StarHub Cable (Singapore), Chubu Telecommunications (Japan), Kabel Deutschland (Germany), Swisscom (Swiss), T-Mobile USA (USA), and Internode (Australia) are providing IPv6 commercial services to both business and residential customers. Meanwhile, companies like T-Mobile US (which in 2014 launched an Android phone that defaults to IPv6-only connections) and Apple (which requires IPv6 support for all iOS 9 apps) are examples from an industry that is moving toward full, native IPv6 support.

Both Etisalat and du the telecom operators and internet service providers in the United Arab Emirates; are contributing effectively in the development of the telecommunications sector and the Internet through confirmation of effective role in supporting the spread and use of the sixth version of the Internet Protocol IPV6 on their networks in the country.
This comes in cooperation with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in support of infrastructure projects and the digital and technical growth, which have a prominent impact on the economic and social growth.

Content Providers

Major Internet content providers such as Google (including YouTube), Facebook, Yahoo, and Netflix also provide their services using the IPv6 protocol, offering access to all Internet users.

The Domain Name Industry

The TRA represented by the .ae Domain Administration Department (.aeDA) has established the UAE top level domain infrastructure to comply with the IPv6. The (.ae) and the Arabic top level domain (dotEmarat) registry system are currently capable of assigning IPv6 DNS delegation to their customers who wish to serve their websites through IPv6 cloud.

General Information

  • 11 of the 13 root name servers offer services over IPv6 at multiple locations around the world
  • Of 289 country code TLDs (ccTLDs), 264 have deployed IPv6
  • All 753 generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) have at least one name server reachable over IPv6

IPv6 For Everyone

Approximately 90% of end users have computer operating systems capable of working seamlessly over IPv6. This means that many home and small business users are simply waiting for their service providers to offer IPv6 connections. In some cases, they may already be using IPv6.

Obtaining IPv6

The five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) manage the distribution of IP addresses directly to Internet service providers (ISPs) and network operators within their regions. The RIR for the Middle East region is the RIPE NCC.

In addition to allocating IP addresses, the RIPE NCC also provides training courses, statistics and tools on IPv6, and can provide information about how to create an IPv6 deployment plan.

IPv6 Statistics and Tools

IPv6 Act Now is a key source of information about IPv6 deployment for all stakeholders. Visit this website for the latest news and developments in IPv6 technology, information about IPv4 and IPv6 distribution, a step-by-step deployment guide and more.


IPv4 and IPv6 networks are not directly interoperable, which means that a transition mechanism is needed in order to permit hosts on an IPv4 network to communicate with hosts on an IPv6 network, and vice versa. These videos will help you understand some of these techniques.


IPv6 RIPEness is a rating system that provides a unique indicator of IPv6 readiness of RIPE NCC members by country, sector, and network size:


IPv6-enabled Autonomous Systems is an interactive tool shows the percentage of networks in a given country or region that announce IPv6 addresses on the public Internet: