The IANA central IPv4 address space has been fully depleted back in February 2011 making the deploying of new large-scale networks especailly IoT networks not scalable and not what IoT really stands for. Hence the new IP protocol IPv6 has been designed to cater for this already back in the 90s and waiting for its killer apps to take off. 4G was the first one to adopt IPv6 in larger scale.The IPv6 Deployment worldwide is becoming a reality now with some countries achieving more than 50 % user penetration, with Belgium (58%) at the top ranking (http://labs.apnic.net/dists/v6dcc.html ) and reaching double digits v6 coverage on Google IPv6 stats. Many Autonomous Networks (ASN) reach more than 50% with v6 preferred or v6 capable penetration: (http://labs.apnic.net/ipv6-measurement/Economies/US/ ).
Over 500 Million users are accessing the Internet over IPv6 and probably not even knowing it. The US was by far the biggest adopter of IPv6 with some 100 Million users, but India has surpassed the US with over 250 M IPv6 users, followed by Germany, Japan and China with some 20 + M users. Worldwide IPv6 deployment has passed the 20 % Google usage bar doubling every 12 months (http://www.google.com/intl/en/ipv6/statistics.html ). If this trend continues, we should achieve 50% by 2020 which would be the inflection point when the full roll-out of IPv6 becomes a strategic plumbing decision of the networks, a topic that is avoided so far due to many strategic and resources issues (lack of top management decision-making, lack of v6 skilled engineers and v6 deployment best practices, very limited ISP v6 access deployment, ..). The deployment of Carrier-grade NAT is in full swing making networking and user experience more brittle.
IPv6 will kick in big time for IoT and 5G to take them to the next level which are “Things-to-Things” beyond the current network of things under the non-IP IoT umbrella as Kevin Ashton coined the term IoT for RFID back in 1990 before even RFID suported the IP stack and still today don’t. This is another technology myth or fake news. IoT will suffer immensely under lack of built-in security which together cybersecurity issues are like always brushed over at this stage due mainly to lack of IPv6 security skills. New topics are more on the lime light such as Cloud Computing, SDN, NFV, 5G with no attention to the issues dragged by IPv4. These fields are taking IP networking for granted designing them on IPv4/NAT building non-scalable and non-end to end solutions. The IPv6 Forum is driving new initiatives to garner support and create awareness on the impact of IPv6 on topics such as real IoT, open Cloud Computing, openstack based SDN-NFV and IPv6 only 5G.
Prof. Latif Ladid
Founder/President, IPv6 FORUM
Chair, 5G World Alliance
Member of 3GPP PCG (Board)
IEEE 5G Steering Committee Member
IEEE IoT Steering Committee Member
Chair, IEEE ComSoC IoT TsC
Vice Chair, IEEE ComSoC SDN-NFV TC
Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society – ISOC
IPv6 Ready & Enabled Logos Program Board
World summit Award Board Member
Vice-Chair, ETSI IPv6 Industry Specification Group
Member of 3GPP2 PCG
Member of UN Strategy Council
Member of Future Internet Forum EU Member States (representing Luxembourg)
IPv6 Forum Internet Pioneer Award, 2002IPv6 Life Time Achievement Award, 2016
Research Fellow @ University of Luxembourg ( ince 2006) on multiple European Commission Next Generation Technologies IST Projects.