It is expected that many users will take advantage of the Internet Society’s World IPv6 Day “test flight,” which begins today at 8 p.m.
Big companies have already made preparations to handle the increased traffic and to answer customers’ questions.
The current Internet addressing system Internet Protocol version 4 which has been in place since the 1980s, eventually will be replaced by the new Internet protocol version 6 because the pool of IPv4 addresses is nearly depleted.
The new IPv6 addressing system will expand the number of possible addresses from approximately 4 billion with IPv4 to roughly 340 trillion trillion trillion IPv6 addresses.
During the 24-hour test period, users with IPv6 connectivity to the Internet will be able to connect to IPv6-enabled websites as well as the ISOC test site http://test-ipv6.com/ to test their IPv6 hardware, software and operating systems.