At a gala ceremony in Canberra, Internode was presented with the ANZIA accolade for launching the first commercially supported IPv6 services in Australia, after a 20-month public IPv6 trial.
In August last year, Internode led Australia by becoming the country's first broadband company to offer IPv6 as a standard service. In January, Internode extended its commitment to IPv6 by becoming the first Australian broadband provider to make IPv6 available by default for all new customers. By the middle of this year, more than three per cent of Internode's customers were using IPv6 to access the Internet.
The ANZIAs are an annual event celebrating the achievements of organisations, businesses and individuals that have made significant contributions to the development and use of the Internet in Australia and New Zealand.
Internode founder Simon Hackett, who oversaw the company's adoption of IPv6, urged others to make the move to IPv6. "IPv6 is now ready for prime time," said Mr. Hackett. "The most important lesson from Internode's experience is that done right, customers will not even notice the change to IPv6."
Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are the numerical sequences used to identify every device connected to the Internet. Although the impending depletion of IPv4 addresses has been recognised for years, the deployment of its mature replacement protocol, IPv6, has been limited until this year.
Internode continues its public support of IPv6 deployment by a major sponsorship of next week's IPv6 Summit, which runs in Melbourne from October 17-18.