Fostering IPv6 Migration Through Network Quality Differentials

Date Added: Jul 2010
Format: PDF

Although IPv6 has been the next generation Internet protocol for nearly 15 years, new evidences indicate that transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6 is about to become a more pressing issue. This paper attempts to quantify if and how such a transition may unfold. The focus is on "Connectivity Quality," e.g., as measured by users' experience when accessing content, as a possible incentive (or disincentive) for migrating to IPv6, and on "Translation Costs" (between IPv6 and IPv4) that Internet Service Providers will incur during this transition.