World IPv6 Launch day to spur switchover

Web companies such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo endorsing Jun. 6 as World IPv6 Launch day even as IPv4 supply continues to dwindle, report states.

Internet firms Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have endorsed Jun. 6 as World IPv6 Launch day this year, as they continue to champion the switchover from the current Internet protocol.

In a statement issued by the Internet Society on Tuesday, the World IPv6 Launch will see major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers and Web companies come together to turn on IPv6 for their products and services on that day.

It also noted that besides the four IT giants that have stated their support, Cisco, AT&T and Comcast are the other notable companies that will be involved on Jun. 6

Leslie Daigle, chief Internet technology officer at Internet Society, said: "IPv6 is no longer a lab experiment; it's here and is an important next step in the Internet's evolution. As there are more IPv6 services, it becomes increasingly important for companies to accelerate their own deployment plans."

The World IPv6 Launch day follows on the heels of 2011's World IPv6 Day, which helped draw more companies to deliver their service via IPv6 even as rationing for IPv4 has been going on for some time now.


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