IPv6 Scenario in Nepal with IPv6 deployment statistics

There has been a series of events for transition from IPv4 to IPv6 or roadmap to adopt IPv6 in Nepal. While the IPv6 planning, transition and deployment has been marked long ago even with support from various international Internet communities and organizations; Nepal still have a miniscule of IPv6 in usage as of now. Even the leading telco and ISPs in Nepal are seen having no proper IPv6 deployment strategy nor the promotion of the same bringing no significant change in IPv6 scenario in Nepal for quite a long time.

IPv6 is an Internet Protocol version 6 – the latest of the Internet addressing system succeeding widely popular and now exhausted IPv4 addressing mechanism. IPv4 was limited itself in the number of available assigned number resources while with IPv6 almost every sand particle on the Earth can get one Internet address number.
Open this site ipv6test.google.com to test if you have an IPv6 Internet now.

In this article, we explore the current IPv6 scenario in Nepal with the global and national IPv6 deployment statistics from leading network service providers. Status of IPv6 in Nepal will also help researchers and network admins think towards the only option of the today and future Internet networks.

Global IPv6 Deployment Scenario

IPv6 Adoption Globally 2016
IPv6 Adoption Globally 2016
According to Google which continuously measures the availability of IPv6 connectivity among its users, the total fraction of only 12.24% of users are native on IPv6 network as of November 30, 2016 while miniscule quantity on 6to4 and Teredo IPv6 provisioning, thus amounting the total of IPv6 users globally 12.25% of the total Internet population. The global adoption of IPv6 has been wide spreading at logarithmic scale.
The Internet Giant – Google collects statistics about IPv6 adoption in the Internet on an ongoing basis. They probably track users on their Google homepage (Google search engine) user’s accessed network type ie Google on IPv4 or Google on IPv6. Google believe publishing this information will help Internet providers, website owners, and policy makers as the industry rolls out IPv6.

IPv6 Measurement and Statistics in Nepal

IPv6 adoption in Nepal (illustration)
IPv6 adoption in Nepal (illustration)
 IPv6 Stats in Nepal as per Cisco   
According to 6lab, Cisco’s IPv6 Internet laboratory – the place to monitor IPv6 adoption, IPv6 deployment is 10.49% with Prefixes 24.39%, Transit AS 41.96%, Content 59.92% and no IPv6 users. The Relative Index of IPv6 deployment is merely 1.1 out of 10. There are currently only 118 IPv6 working web sites working out of top 500 Alexa provided websites.
IPv6 Statistics of Nepal: Cisco 6Lab
IPv6 Deployment : 10.49% (Prefixes : 24.39% | Transit AS : 41.96% | Content : 59.92% | Users : 0%)
Relative Index : 1.1 out of 10 Ipv6 Prefixes
Ratio of routable IPv6 prefixes : 24.39%
Ratio of allocated IPv6 prefixes / ratio of alive allocated IPv6 prefixes : 42.27% / 9.76% Transit AS
IPv6 transit AS : 37.88%
IPv6 enabled transit AS : 58.31%
Content % of Web pages available over IPv6 : 59.92% | number of working IPv6 sites: 118/500
 IPv6 Stats in Nepal as per Google  Google’s per-country IPv6 adoption for Nepal is very pathetic. As of November 30th, 2016, on a global average there has been almost null presence of Nepal’s IPv6 deployment scenario. The IPv6 Impact being negative 0.01%.
Per country IPv6 adoption for Nepal
Per country IPv6 adoption for Nepal
 IPv6 Stats in Nepal as per Akamai  Out of 263 country or territory level in the state of the IPv6 adoption trend, Akamai has placed Nepal at 202 rank while Belgium being number one IPv6 adopted country with 50.3% of IPv6 in adoption currently. None of the Nepal’s ISPs or NSPs as per Akamai current are significant adoption state of IPv6 in their network.
IPv6 Adoption in Nepal according to Akamai
IPv6 Adoption in Nepal according to Akamai
 APNIC: Use of IPv6 for Nepal  Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) – the Regional Internet address Registry for the Asia Pacific region – releases IPv6 usage statistics in countries of this region. According to APNIC, use of IPv6 for Nepal (NP) there exist IPv6 capable and IPv6 preferred network connectivity for quite sometimes even though IPv6 usage in Nepal is usually fibble.
IPv6 Usage in Nepal APNIC
IPv6 Usage in Nepal APNIC
Autonomous System Number (ASN) and Autonomous System (AS) names of ISPs and NSPs from Nepal listed for IPv6 provisioning as of November 30, 2016.

ASN AS Name IPv6 Capable IPv6 Preferred Samples
AS23752 NPTELECOM-NP-AS Nepal Telecommunications Corporation, Internet Services 0.01% 0.00% 801,462
AS17501 WLINK-NEPAL-AS-AP WorldLink Communications Pvt Ltd 0.00% 0.00% 612,995
AS4007 SUBISU-CABLENET-AS-AP Subisu Cablenet (Pvt) Ltd, Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal 0.00% 0.00% 504,071
AS45650 VIANET-NP Vianet Communications Pvt. Ltd. 0.00% 0.00% 220,223
AS55915 CLASSIC-NP Classic Tech Pvt. Ltd. 0.00% 0.00% 89,637
AS24550 WEBSURFERNP-AS-NP Websurfer Nepal Internet Service Provider 0.00% 0.00% 89,387
AS38565 NCELL-AS-NP Ncell Pvt. Ltd. 0.00% 0.00% 48,284
AS55427 BROADLINK-AS-AP Broadlink Nepal 0.00% 0.00% 41,689
AS4613 MOS-NP Mercantile Office Systems 0.00% 0.00% 34,664
AS45274 WORLDLINK-INTERNATIONAL-TRANSIT-AS-AP WorldLink International Transit Services 0.00% 0.00% 32,195
AS56204 NETMAX-NP Net Max Technologies Pvt. Ltd. 0.00% 0.00% 31,728
AS59343 OTELPVTLTD-NP Otel Communication Pvt. Ltd 0.00% 0.00% 19,859
AS63991 ARROWNETPVTLTD-NP Arrownet Pvt.Ltd 0.00% 0.00% 10,615
AS135327 0.00% 0.00% 10,270
AS133185 LUMBININET-AS-AP Lumbini Net 0.00% 0.00% 4,799
AS45353 NITC-AS-AP NITC IT Agency of Government of Nepal 0.00% 0.00% 3,108
AS56196 AIRWAVENET3-NP P.O. Box No 11040, Kan Deveta Sthan Kupondol, Ward No-10 0.00% 0.00% 3,083
AS133923 KANTIPUR-AS-AP Kantipur Publication Pvt. Ltd. 0.00% 0.00% 2,668
AS134995 Y-AS-AP Y. ZONE Pvt. Ltd. 0.00% 0.00% 1,867
AS18395 INFOCOMNP-AS-AP Infocom Pvt. Ltd 0.00% 0.00% 1,469
AS58433 HIMALAYANBANK01-NP Himalayan Bank Ltd. 0.00% 0.00% 600
AS58456 IOE-NET-NP-AS Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus 0.00% 0.00% 590
AS133092 F1SOFT-NP F-1 Soft International Pvt Ltd 0.00% 0.00% 526
AS59370 ACCESS-NP Access World Tech Pvt. Ltd. 0.00% 0.00% 315
AS135043 CUNPL-AS-AP Chitrawan Unique Net Pvt. Ltd 0.00% 0.00% 284
AS45451 UTL-NP-AS United Telecom Limited 0.00% 0.00% 275
AS134504 EVEREST-AS-AP Everest Link Pvt. Ltd 0.00% 0.00% 104
AS23647 CCNEP-AS-NP Communications Communicate Nepal Pvt Ltd 0.00% 0.00% 99
AS54334 ROYA – Roya Hosting LLC 0.00% 0.00% 76
AS63968 RMIPL-NP Regmi Media Inc. Pvt. Ltd. 0.00% 0.00% 58
AS133149 0.00% 0.00% 41
AS133937 UMRAO-AS-AP Umrao Datacenter Pvt. Ltd. 0.00% 0.00% 39
AS135337 0.00% 0.00% 37
AS23866 SNET-AS-AP Square Net 0.00% 0.00% 23
AS0 Reserved (ietf) 0.00% 0.00% 17
AS38217 DS-AS-NP Dataspace Pvt. Ltd. 0.00% 0.00% 13
AS45170 NREN-AS-NP Nepal Research and Education Network 0.00% 0.00% 12
AS0 Reserved (ietf) 0 0 17
AS23866 SNET-AS-AP Square Net 0 0 23
AS38217 DS-AS-NP Dataspace Pvt. Ltd. 0 0 13
AS45170 NREN-AS-NP Nepal Research and Education Network 0 0 12
AS133937 UMRAO-AS-AP Umrao Datacenter Pvt. Ltd. 0 0 39
So, is it that IPv6 doesn’t exist in Nepal? If you say so, then so. Time and often as a user or consumer, we hear about large ISPs and NSPs like Subisu and WorldLink deploying IPv6 in Nepal but it’s gone with the wind. So, we still need to wait for proper policies and commitment from Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) and the Department of IT/Ministry of ICT to come up with IPv6 fit for Nepal.
Having visualized IPv6 deployment stats in Nepal, what’s your thought about it. Do share with us by commenting below.

For more information on IPv6 measurement, the following links might be useful for further study on IPv6 deployment.


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