As per the latest numbers maintained by Google, India ranks first in IPv6 adoption in the world with a rate of 61%. For starters, IPv6 stands for Internet Protocol version 6. Internet protocol addresses are unique addresses used to identify the devices connected to the network. To know the differences between IPv4 and IPv6, check out our article on the same.
TL;DR, IPv4 uses a 32-bit address space, and IPv6 uses a 128-bit address space. Since we’ve run out of addresses in IPv4 (4.3 billion), we’ve now switched to IPv6 addresses.
What Catalyzed India’s IPv6 Adoption Rate?
Anyone who’s reading this from the sub-continent might already know the answer: Reliance Jio. After analyzing the Google data, we can see that the adoption rate started to pick up from 2019, which, we believe, was due to the launch of Jio Fiber.
Jio Fiber has the highest IPv6 adoption rate of 90% among all ISPs globally, according to Akamai’s IPv6 visualization data. On the other hand, both Google and Akamai have reported India’s adoption rate as a 61%.
On the fourth position is Bharati Airtel, with a 57.8% adoption rate, while Vodafone India ranks 11th with a 69.5% adoption rate.
Malaysia ranks second with a 54.76% adoption rate, followed by France, Taiwan, the U.S., Vietnam, and Germany. Visit this page to see where your country ranks.
According to Google, other popular network providers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile stand at 3rd, 6th, and 7th positions with 56.9%, 43%, and 88.5% adoption rates.
Whereas, in stats released by Akamai, while India stands first in adoption rate (61.5%), the country with the second-highest adoption rate is Germany (47.7%), followed by Belgium and Malaysia.
Besides solving the limited number of addresses problem, IPv6 also brings other perks like efficient routing (less latency), better security, etc.