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IPv6 Address Allocations

Last year, we presented statistics on the number of RIPE NCC members and the resources distributed to them. Now, one year later, we revisit the topic and look at how things evolved in 2010. We were particularly interested to see how the number of IPv6 allocations increased over time.

With unallocated IPv4 addresses nearing exhaustion, it is good to see the number of IPv6 allocations continued to grow exponentially in 2010 and early 2011. A total of 834 new allocations were made in 2010, compared to 554 in 2009. The graph below shows demand for IPv6 addresses was especially high during the last two months: 316 IPv6 allocations were made in January and February 2011 alone.

Another good sign is the growth in the number of LIRs holding an IPv6 allocation. The percentage of the RIPE NCC membership with one or more IPv6 allocations increased from 25% in 2009 to 35% in 2010.

For more information, please refer to the background article on RIPE Labs: Members and Number Resources, One Year Later

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