Level(3) is offering IPv6 Transit

Level(3) is providing IPv6 transit to customers today as they recently delivered this service to one of the TXv6TF board members. Unfortunately, the total number of IPv6 routes they are providing is not quite as high as their competitors. Direct analysis of the routes available today show that Level(3)’s IPv6 routing table is around 2800 routes while others are providing closer to 3800. This appears to be due to the lack of proper IPv6 peering with Google and Hurricane Electric. Time table for addressing this is believed to be within the next couple of months. Watch this blog for future updates.

AT&T Presents Another Webinar on IPv6

Today, AT&T presented another IPv6 webcast. This time the topic was on planning a transition to IPv6. Returning in this presentation was Tom Siracusa with a new partner, Robbie Harrell.

Robbie said that he believes that Asia-Pacific and Europe are somewhat ahead of the US, more so in education than in implementation.

Tom emphasized that enterprise customers will likely be initially impacted by access from the outside world to their public-facing resources. This is because there will start to be a rapidly growing community of IPv6-only users starting after the exhaustion of the IPv4 free pool.

Tom said that a feature of a good transition strategy would be to use tunnels where necessary, but arrange for internal tunnels to be terminated inside the enterprise and not traverse the firewall. Similarly, externally-originated tunnels should also not traverse the firewall.

Online discussion of this event is available to registered users on the AT&T Networking Exchange forum site.

AT&T IPv6 Availability in Texas

At the 2010 TXv6TF Summit, those attending from AT&T said that these are the projected availablity dates for IPv6 in Texas.

  • Dallas – 10GigE and Private Line – available now
  • Austin – Private Line only – available by end of October
  • Houston – 10GigE and Private Line – available by end of October
  • San Antonio – 10GigE and Private Line – available by end of October

The speeds that are available are private line from T1 through OC12, and 10GigE (10GigE available only where specifically noted). GigE is not available (targeted for early ’11).

An AT&T customer must contact his/her account manager to discuss design details on getting IPv6 activated once it is available in the area.