Thursday, March 15, 2012

Facebook, Google, Bing, Yahoo to enable IPv6 on June 6, 2012

On June 6, 2012, Facebook will join with other web companies (Google, Microsoft Bing, and Yahoo) to permanently enable Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) on From that point on, Facebook will be dual–stacked, meaning it will support access via IPv4 and IPv6.
Facebook today announced its participation in World IPv6 Launch over on Facebook Engineering’s official Facebook Page. Further confirmation came from Facebook’s official Twitter account: “RT @WorldIPv6Launch: Facebook is joining World IPv6 Launch to permanently enable IPv6 on our main site on June 6, 2012. #v6launch.”

The launch follows last year’s successful industry-wide test of IPv6 on June 8, 2011, which demonstrated how IPv6 is the best solution to keeping devices communicating and ensuring people stay connected online as the Internet continues to grow. In fact, Facebook was so satisfied with last year’s test that it left dual stacked, because it saw no reason to switch back.
Major Internet Service Providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and Web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by June 6, 2012. World IPv6 Launch is organized by Internet Society and represents a major milestone in the global deployment of IPv6.

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