BPF IPv6 - Understanding the commercial and economic incentives behind a successful IPv6 deployment (2016)

Final output of the 2016 Best Practice Forum on IPv6


1. Introduction & Background

2. Why Deploy IPv6 ?

3. Facts and Figures on IPv6 deployment

4. Understanding the Commercial and Economic Incentives

5. Remaining Challenges

6. Case Studies and Regional Observations

7. Conclusions and Takeaways

Executive Summary


Full version


Key Messages and Outreach 

Commercial Incentives Behind IPv6 Deployment, CircleID, 20 Feb 2017

Trends and Challenges from IGF2016 IPv6 Best Practices Document, APNIC Blog, 23 Feb 2017

Commercial Incentives of IPv6 Deployment, RIPE Labs Blog, 21 Feb 2017

BPF on IPv6 workshop at the 11th IGF meeting

BPF on IPv6 workshop at the 11th IGF meeting

7 December 2016, Guadalajara, Mexico

              https://youtu.be/g9EmjZXpscA  (YouTube link)

Compilation of collected case studies



Coordination between the BPF IPv6 and other forums

APrIGF 2016, Workshop on IPv6 in the Asia Pacific Region    


[preparatory process]


IPv6 ?

Devices connect to the Internet via numerical Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. The growth and expansion of the Internet has virtually exhausted the pool of undistributed IP addresses we use today on the Internet, which is Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). The new version of IP addresses, Internet Protocol version 6 or IPv6 is available. which addresses this exhaustion. The IPv6 space is huge and the number of available addresses largely covers current and future demand.

Scope and Goal

In 2015, the BPF IPv6 discussed "Why adopt IPv6?" and collected best practice examples of initiatives that help to create enabling environments for IPv6 adoption, for example IPv6 Task Forces and capacity building projects.

This year's BPF IPv6 will focus on the economic incentives and commercial drivers behind the decision to adopt IPv6. When a company or an organisation decides to deploy IPv6 on it's network, other non-technical reasons play a role in the decisionmaking process.

The BPF IPv6 wants to reach out to companies and organisations that commercially deployed IPv6 and are willing to share their experiences.

2016 IPv6 BPF Scope and Goals     /    Update on Activities (13 September)

The BPF IPv6 is an open bottom-up process to collect best practices and present them as a useful and tangible output of the 2016 IGF. If you want to contribute, assist in reaching out to the commercial and business community, take part in the brainstorming and help to shape the 2016 BPF outcome document, you should join the "bp_ipv6" mailing list and participate in the regular virtual meetings.

How to Participate?


Summaries or Virtual meetings:  

Online working space: 

To keep the drafting process as open, transparent and collaborative as possible, the BPF most of the BPF's work is done online. Below are the main working documents:


BPF IPv6 workshop at the 2016 IGF meeting

The date and time of the worshop (90 mins) will be announced closer to the meeting.

Contact and coordination

MAG Coordinators: Ms. Izumi Okutani and Mr. Sumon A. Sabir

IGF BPF IPv6 Consultant: Mr. Wim Degezelle ( [email protected] )