IPv6

IPv6

IPv what?

An IP address is basically a phone number for every device that is connected to the Internet. When the Internet was first created, no one ever thought that we would run out of numbers, but in the end it didn’t take long to get through all of the numbers available.

IPv6 (version six) is the new version of the ‘Internet Protocol’ that has trillions and trillions more possible addresses than the old version. Slight problem however – the old system and the new system don’t work together. So what we’re checking is if each ISP is set up for the change to IPv6, and whether they’re allowing customers to connect to it.

Why we care

Because the Internet should be open. We believe that IPv6 is vital to a truly open Internet. Current workarounds force users to share existing addresses, which is the equivalent of calling an operator to make a phone call. It also stifles innovation, because hosting a service is impossible without a unique address – much like a traditional business needing its own storefront.

Because the Internet should be for everyone. Internationally, ISPs and content providers are getting on board with IPv6. Major players such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft have said that IPv6 is their future. It’s important that New Zealanders have a way to enjoy these future innovations.

Why should you care?

If you want to use the Internet in the future it will be on IPv6. Although it is still possible to access most sites without IPv6, it won’t be long before it becomes essential. Many New Zealanders are already having to share old addresses with their neighbours, but we reckon that you deserve your own connection, not one that is shared or controlled by your ISP.

All Internet users in New Zealand must be able to seamlessly use IPv6. For ISPs, this means allowing customers to have IPv6 addresses. And for content providers, this means ensuring that all content is accessible by IPv6 connections.

Does your provider support IPv6?

 
2degrees Achieved
Customers can purchase static IPs and these include IPv6. This text is taken from the 2degrees website: "As a 2degrees customer - you will be automatically assigned an IPv6 address as well as an IPv4 address when you connect to the internet. 2degrees supplied modems support IPv6, and will have this feature enabled by default. If you require a static IP address, you can request a static IPv4/IPv6 address by calling our 2degrees Broadband Care team on 0800 022 022, or emailing us at support@2degreesbroadband.co.nz. There is a $10/month charge for this service for residential customers."
 
Actrix Not Achieved
Actrix does not publish information about how their customers can use IPv6, or what IPv6 support they offer to customers.
 
Bigpipe Not Achieved
Bigpipe does not publish information about how their customers can use IPv6, or what IPv6 support they offer to customers.
 
Compass Not Achieved
Compass does not publish information about how their customers can use IPv6, or what IPv6 support they offer to customers.
 
DTS Achieved
DTS offer IPv6 as a standard part of their services. DTS won the IPv6 category at the 2011 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (note: InternetNZ runs the ANZIAs with AUDA, the designated managers of .au).
Their policy can be found at http://dtsanz.com/about-dts/
 
Farmside Not Achieved
Farmside does not publish information about how their customers can use IPv6, or what IPv6 support they offer to customers.
 
Flip Not Achieved
Flip does not currently support IPv6 (see the link below).
 
Inspire Achieved
Inspire publishes information about how their customers can use IPv6, or what IPv6 support they offer to customers.
Their policy can be found at http://ipv6.inspire.net.nz/
 
MyRepublic Not Achieved
MyRepublic does not publish information about how their customers can use IPv6, or what IPv6 support they offer to customers.
 
Now Not Achieved
Now does not publish information about how their customers can use IPv6, or what IPv6 support they offer to customers.
 
Orcon Not Achieved
Orcon does not currently provide IPv6 support. As set out on its website (see the link below), Orcon is currently working on IPv6 deployment.
 
Skinny Broadband Not Achieved
Skinny Broadband does not publish information about how their customers can use IPv6, or what IPv6 support they offer to customers.
 
Slingshot Not Achieved
Slingshot does not provide IPv6 to customers at this point in time but its website indicates that it will do so in the future (see the link below).
 
Spark Not Achieved
Spark does not publish information about how their customers can use IPv6, or what IPv6 support they offer to customers.
 
Trustpower Not Achieved
Trustpower does not publish information about how their customers can use IPv6, or what IPv6 support they offer to customers.
 
Vodafone Not Achieved
The Vodafone website states that they have deployed IPv6 to some customers, and are working to role it out to the rest.