Home / Blogs

A Look at IPv6 Allocations Since 1999

This graph illustrates the three phases that have defined the RIPE community’s journey to IPv6 deployment since 1999. (Click to Enlarge)In the previous graph and article published here two weeks ago, we showed that many ISPs in the RIPE NCC service region (Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia) have not yet obtained IPv6 addresses from the RIPE NCC. Our latest graph demonstrates just how quickly this is changing.

In this graph you can see the number of IPv6 allocations made by the RIPE NCC to its members since 1999. Three phases are clearly visible:

Experimental Phase (1999 - 2002)
During the experimental phase allocations were made sporadically.

Early Adopters (2002 - 2007)
During this phase there was a steady flow of requests from early adopters.

Deployment (2007 - Now)
Since 2007 we have witnessed a growing number of IPv6 allocation requests.

More and more ISPs are obtaining IPv6 addresses at present, which is very encouraging. It is essential that all organisations worldwide will deploy IPv6 quickly enough to ensure the sustainable growth of the Internet.

Read more about this graph on the RIPE Labs site.

By Daniel Karrenberg, Chief Scientist at the RIPE NCC

Filed Under


That's a really interesting and insightful analysis, Sam Dickinson  –  Aug 6, 2010 9:25 AM

That’s a really interesting and insightful analysis, Daniel. Your article prompted a look at APNIC IPv6 delegation and the global IPv6 delegation statistics, where there’s a very similar three-phase pattern:



Comment Title:

  Notify me of follow-up comments

We encourage you to post comments and engage in discussions that advance this post through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can report it using the link at the end of each comment. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of CircleID. For more information on our comment policy, see Codes of Conduct.

CircleID Newsletter The Weekly Wrap

More and more professionals are choosing to publish critical posts on CircleID from all corners of the Internet industry. If you find it hard to keep up daily, consider subscribing to our weekly digest. We will provide you a convenient summary report once a week sent directly to your inbox. It's a quick and easy read.

I make a point of reading CircleID. There is no getting around the utility of knowing what thoughtful people are thinking and saying about our industry.

Co-designer of the TCP/IP Protocols & the Architecture of the Internet




Sponsored byVerisign

New TLDs

Sponsored byRadix

Brand Protection

Sponsored byCSC

Domain Names

Sponsored byVerisign


Sponsored byDNIB.com

IPv4 Markets

Sponsored byIPv4.Global

Threat Intelligence

Sponsored byWhoisXML API