Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are the numerical addresses used to identify every device connected to the Internet. Although the impending depletion of IPv4 addresses has been recognised for years, the deployment of IPv6, its mature replacement protocol, has been limited to date.
After commencing Australia's first public IPv6 trial in November 2009, Internode has progressively deployed IPv6 throughout its operations and made it available for any interested customers.
Since Tuesday, January 10, 2012, Internode has enabled dual stack support—allowing the concurrent operation of IPv4/IPv6 Internet protocols—for all new broadband services. Existing Internode customers can enable IPv6 at any time by visiting 'My Internode' on the Internode website and switching it on. Customers then only need an IPv6 capable router. Every Billion and the AVM FRITZ!Box broadband router sold by Internode is IPv6-ready.
Internode has attracted international attention for its innovative approach to IPv6 deployment.
Internode managing director Simon Hackett said Internode's experience demonstrated that IPv6 was ready for prime time. "It's time to jump in—the water's fine," he said.
"We're at the stage in IPv6 deployment where it's time for major Internet Service Providers to make it a transparent part of their customers' experience."
"Internode has enabled native IPv6 by default for all new customers, and all the FRITZ!Box and Billion routers we sell now come with 'IPv6 Inside'. Our experience shows us that IPv6 is now fully capable of providing seamless, uninterrupted and efficient access to the Internet, dual-stacked with IPv4."
Any Internode fixed line broadband customer can turn IPv6 on via a customer-controlled toolbox setting and then enable IPv6 in their router to start using it "end to end". Customers with access to the IPv6 Internet should see a spinning Internode logo on the company's website at www.internode.on.net/