Light Reading

Comcast Claims IPv6 Crown

Alan Breznick

Comcast celebrated Thanksgiving Day weekend by staking a claim to the world's largest native deployment of IPv6.

In his latest blog post last week, John Brzozowski, a Comcast fellow and the MSO's chief IPv6 architect, wrote that Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has now deployed native IPv6 support to more than 75% of its broadband network and is on track to hit 100% by early 2014. With Comcast easily the largest broadband provider in North America, that makes its native IPv6 deployment the largest in the world.

Over the last three months, Brzozowski wrote, Comcast has jumped from third place to first place in the global IPv6 network rankings, moving past both AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Japan's KDDI Corp.

Indeed, the latest rankings from the Internet Society (ISOC) bear out this claim. ISOC, which ranks network operators by the percentage of IPv6 traffic they carry as well as the percentage of network deployment, found that Comcast now handles the most native IPv6 traffic on a daily basis. In ISOC's most recent measurements, it rated Comcast's IPv6 deployment at about 16.4%, up from less than 2% on World IPv6 Launch Day in June 2012.

Brzozowski credited much of the gains to Comcast's rollout of IPv6 support to two widely used Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) wireless gateways modems. With the support for these two modem models -- known as the TG852G and TG862G -- he said the MSO expanded the reach of its IPv6 coverage to more than 4 million broadband customers.

In addition, Brzozowski said Comcast "has been working closely" with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) to offer network IPv6 support through the vendor's uBR10000 cable modem termination system (CMTS). The MSO has already wrapped up a similar network rollout with CMTS devices from Arris, the cable industry's other main vendor in the CMTS market.

Yet Brzozowski is not exactly resting on his laurels. With IPv6 traffic on Comcast's network still relatively low, he's looking to boost the traffic numbers significantly next year, in part by working with the consumer electronics industry to build IPv6 support into more connected TVs and other new smart CE devices in the home.

Besides Comcast, two other large MSOs made ISOC's latest top 10 list for IPv6 deployment. Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) came in eighth place globally with a 3.4% IPv6 network score, while Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) captured 10th place with a 2.2% IPv6 score.

— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

(3)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
sam masud
sam masud,
User Rank: Light Sabre
12/3/2013 | 3:52:12 PM
Re: What's the world coming to?
Maybe the good folks at NSA will have a harder time tapping into their network since IPsec is built into v6, but then again, they've already cracked that one. Still, I'd be curious whether Comcast's business customers have migrated to v6...
User Rank: Blogger
12/3/2013 | 12:12:42 AM
Re: What's the world coming to?
Yep, Dan. Next thing you know the cable companies will even be offering better voice services than the telcos too and at lower prices. Oops, they already do that as well. But the telcos are getting even on the video front. Nothing is sacred anymore. 
User Rank: Blogger
12/2/2013 | 9:24:31 PM
What's the world coming to?
Between business services and IPv6 implementation, the cable TV companies are starting to out-do the telcos at what are supposed their own games.
From The Founder
The comms industry is rallying to the cause of open, independent interoperability testing.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
LRTV Interviews
Top Tips for FTTH Operators

10|8|15   |   02:26   |   (0) comments

At Gigabit Europe 2015, Ventura Team co-founder Richard Jones talks about some of the key business case considerations for FTTH network operators.
LRTV Interviews
M-net Calls for FTTx Unity

10|8|15   |   03:45   |   (0) comments

At the Gigabit Europe event, Jörn Schoof from M-net, the Munich city network operator, calls for industry collaboration on fiber broadband access rollouts.
LRTV Documentaries
The Business Case Challenge for NFV

10|7|15   |   03:47   |   (0) comments

Virtual CPE is one of the early success stories for network functions virtualization, as service providers are finding flexible, programmable CPE solves a lot of logistics problems and reduces their cost. But even here, Masergy Communications faced a business case challenge, says CTO Tim Naramore.
LRTV Interviews
JT Offers Some Gigabit Lessons

10|7|15   |   4:08   |   (1) comment

Barna Kutvolgyi, managing director, Global Consumer, at JT, the incumbent operator on the island of Jersey, talks about how other service providers can learn from his company's gigabit broadband rollout experiences.
LRTV Interviews
AT&T's Chiosi on the Potential of Open Source

10|6|15   |   06:27   |   (0) comments

AT&T Distinguished Network Architect Margaret T. Chiosi talks to Light Reading's Carol Wilson about the potential for open source technology to liberate communications service providers.
LRTV Interviews
Network Security in a Gigabit World

10|6|15   |   05:52   |   (0) comments

Masergy's James Harrison talks about some of the network security and data center issues network operators need to consider as they expand their broadband services portfolios.
LRTV Documentaries
Telefónica: In Search of Virtual Simplicity

10|5|15   |   07:30   |   (0) comments

Francisco-Javier Ramon Salguero, head of Telefónica's NFV initiative, admits virtualization initially means greater complexity, but with the right abstraction layer, it is possible to create a services-driven network architecture. He explains how Telefónica's current trials and initiatives are aimed at doing that, and what his company and other carriers need to ...
LRTV Interviews
Gigabit Europe Takeaways

10|5|15   |   03:47   |   (0) comments

Participants from the inaugural Gigabit Europe event in Munich share their key takeaways from the conference.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Intel Urges Women to Take Advantage of Their Seat at the Table

10|5|15   |   4:27   |   (1) comment

Have inclusive and constructive conversations, attach a bigger meaning to your work and get involved in the cause, Intel's Monique Hayward advises women in comms.
LRTV Interviews
BT Updates on Plans

10|2|15   |   03:16   |   (2) comments

Peter Bell, CIO at Openreach, the access network division at UK incumbent BT, provides an update on the operator's trials and how Openreach is planning to deploy the broadband technology in its street cabinets.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Sonus Shakes Up SD-WAN

10|2|15   |   7:22   |   (0) comments

Sonus CTO Kevin Riley sat down with Light Reading to discuss the trajectory of the company, its SDN ambitions and why Sonus is taking a market-disruptive approve to SD-WAN.
LRTV Interviews
CityFibre's Gigabit Vision

10|1|15   |   03:18   |   (1) comment

Mark Collins, director of Strategy & Public Affairs at competitive UK city network operator CityFibre, talks about his company's plans to help build Gigabit Cities.
Upcoming Live Events
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Network appliances have a strong value proposition in today's networks and will continue to do so in the NFV and SDN-enabled networks of tomorrow.
Hot Topics
Eurobites: Dunroamin'
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 10/2/2015
M&A Speculation Swirls Around Juniper
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 10/6/2015
Cisco's Chambers Rules Out Political Bid
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 10/6/2015
Infinera Fleshes Out Its Metro 100G Story
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 10/7/2015
AT&T Gets Green Light for VoWiFi
Brian Santo, Senior editor, Test & Measurement / Components, Light Reading, 10/7/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
With so many new and exciting communications technologies now under development, it's easy to get caught up in the industry's escalating hype cycle. That's why the ...
Last week saw a big day in the 15-year history of Light Reading when Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre and I were invited to interview the Deputy Chairman and Rotating ...
Cats with Phones
"What?! I'm on with Finisar about their stock price tanking" Click Here