Enterprises in the Asia Pacific have been the fastest to migrate to IPv6, while the rest of the world is still resisting pressure from the internet and telecoms industry, says Ovum. According to the research company, this sense of urgency in the AP region has been prompted by the announcement by the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) that the free pool of IPv4 addresses has been effectively exhausted. Ovum adds that it expects this regional announcement to be followed by other regions. “There may be a degree of ‘head in sand’ mentality among most enterprise customers, but our research stands in glaring contrast to the industry’s efforts to promote IPv6 over the past several years. Furthermore our research suggests that many enterprise customers think they are already using IPv6, when they are not,” says Ovum in its report, “IPv6 transition – What’s the rush?” The company also adds that this is not the only reason for AP’s lead on IPv6 adoption: The Asia-Pacific is the top growth region in the world, manufactures many electronic devices and many companies see this as their key expanding region. And many enterprise customers are doing business with a vendor/customer in this region which will influence by the faster pace of IPv6 adoption globally.” The report says some triggers will motivate enterprises to make the move, including the growing number of new consumer devices, such as smartphones, that will be assigned IPv6 addresses, and the new web applications that will be accessed by these devices. According to Ovum, IPv6 traffic still accounts for less than three percent of all internet traffic.
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