Fortunately, we are slowly, ever so slowly, moving to IPv6. In no small part, that's because of the growth of 4G phones and tablets.
As Phil Roberts, technology program manager for the Internet Society, wrote, "This week, the internet passed a significant milestone in global IPv6 deployment: The percentage of users reaching Google services over IPv6 crossed the 2 percent threshold, according to Google's regularly published statistics. This is still a relatively small percentage, of course, but it is important as a measure of increased usage of IPv6 globally."
Two percent? Really? Really, that's a a big deal? Yes, it is.
Roberts continued: "This bodes well for continued IPv6 deployment. We have recently seen many network operators around the world start rolling out IPv6 to their subscribers, and many network operators who had already begun that process have continued to increase their own offerings."
Dan York, a senior content strategist with the Internet Society and CircleID blogger, thinks IPv6 is finally growing because of many factors. "Obviously, there was the World IPv6 Launch last year that brought together a great number of the network operators and content providers who all enabled IPv6, including many of the largest websites in the world. We've also seen very large deployments, such as Comcast's network in the US. I also suspect that the rising deployment of LTE networks in the wireless space is contributing, as much of that deployment has involved IPv6 from the start."