Belarus became the first country where IPv6 support is enshrined in law

Starting January 1, 2020, all Belarusian providers will be required to support IPv6 in parallel with IPv4. This is required by a new addition to the decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus No. 60 “On measures to improve the use of the national segment of the Internet.”
Guaranteed IPv6 support addresses the global IPv4 address shortage. Theoretically, the “invisible hand of the market” should force providers around the world to gradually switch to IPv6. Belarus has chosen the path of administrative regulation. This is a faster and more effective option, from the point of view of officials who are not complex about excessive state intervention in the economy.

IPv6 in 2016 statistics

Statistics on the use of going to the company Google – the users periodically service company runs a script that checks the ability to download information via IPv6. In particular it is known that weekdays IPv6 access to have a smaller number of users (8%) than the output (10%). Apparently, in domestic connections the situation is slightly better than that of the workers.


According to the map of the world, the distribution of access to the new protocol is still very uneven. Green color means a relatively high rate of IPv6 (US – 24%, and the leader on this parameter, Belgium – 43%). Red and orange colors indicate that IPv6 users in these countries are experiencing delays in connection in comparison to IPv4.


US Federal Government and IPv6

It seems like US Federal Government recognizes the important of transition their networks to support IPv6. On September 2010, a memo on the transition to IPv6, was issued by then Federal CIO; Vivek Kundra, outlining the government’s commitment and rational behind expediting the operational deployment and use of Internet Protocol version 6.

This memo set 2 goals. The first being for all Federal agencies to upgrade public facing servers and services (e.g. web, email, DNS, ISP services) to use native IPv6 by September 30, 2012.  The second objective calls for agencies to upgrade internal client apps that communicate with public Internet servers and supporting enterprise networks to use native IPv6 by September 30, 2014. In this case, to help agencies meet these timelines the CIO Council released an updated version of the “Planning Guide/Roadmap Toward IPv6 Adoption within the U.S. Government”.


At this moment, 304 of 1493 US Federal Agencies WEB sites are fully IPv6 reachable. While 20% may look a small percentage, the 304 IPv6 enabled websites are among the most visited federal agencies in the US. Most of the US Federal Departments have at least one flagship website and the overall trend and momentum is encouraging.  The complete results are on the National Institute of Standards and Technology page.