Paris, 9 December 2016
A dashboard in order to accelerate the transition to IPv6
On 30 September of this year, Arcep published its report to the Government
on the rollout status of the IPv6 protocol. As requested by Axelle Lemaire,
France's Minister of State for Digital Affairs and Innovation, in its action
plan for stepping up the transition to IPv6 Arcep announced the creation of
a dedicated dashboard.
This dashboardon the transition to IPv6 must help:
- encourage coordination between Internet companies to accelerate deployments;
- provide users with information, which can be considered in the public interest,
on the status of the transition in France, including operator by operator.
To this end, the dashboard provides a status report on IPv6 rollouts in France,
along with details on the protocol's adoption over time. This transparent approach
to deployments and major players' plans will make it possible to identify any
potential stumbling blocks along the way.
At this stage, the dashboard is limited to data produced and made available
by third parties. The enhanced version of the dashboard, which will be published
in late 2017, will include data that Arcep will have collected directly from
the main ISPs in France.
Providing an overview of the Internet in France
In spring 2017, the pace of the transition to IPv6 will also be the focus of
progress report from Arcep, which will include this topic in a broader "State
of the Internet in France".
As stipulated in European regulation, this detailed status report will include
a first annual report on Arcep's supervision of net neutrality, and its preliminary
N.B.: only IPv6 will benefit from forthcoming technological developments
on the Internet
Since 7 November 2016, the IAB (Internet Architecture Board) (1) has advocated
that, from hereon in, Internet operating standards, notably those developed
by IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) (2), be designed and enhanced solely
for IPv6, without seeking backwards compatibility with IPv4.
Arcep welcomes the IAB decision, which is a major milestone in the adoption
of IPv6 and in the process of phasing out IPv4.
(1) Committee in charge of overseeing and guiding the Internet's evolution through
various organisations such as IANA, IETF and IRTF
(2) Informal and open international experts group that contributes to developing
and promoting voluntary Internet standards