Deploy IPv6 to your UK customers

Deploy IPv6 to your UK customers

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James White started this petition to Lutz Schüler (CEO of Virgin Media)

Virgin Media UK broadband services have historically lacked IPv6 for its residential and business customers. A forum discussion was started on 27th March 2010 on Virgin Media's own community forum platform asking a simple question "Does anyone know whether Virgin plan to implement IPv6 on its network?". Over 10 years later, it has amassed over 100 pages of discussion from other customers and enthusiasts but no official information from Virgin Media around their IPv6 plans ever being shared in it. The parent company of Virgin Media, Liberty Global has networks all over Europe which have IPv6 deployed, the UK is silently absent from this.

A website has recently been created highlighting the lack of IPv6 on Virgin Media broadband

Why is IPv6 important?

IPv6 is the future of the internet and removes a lot of the current issues that legacy IPv4 has, mainly around Network Address Translation (NAT). Native IPv6 is even more important because Virgin Media's own network makes deploying alternative transitional mechanisms such as 6in4 extremely frustrating due to well documented speed issues, something which Virgin Media finally acknowledged despite it being known to be happening for years. However, the effort and focus should be providing IPv6 to its customers, so such transitional mechanisms do not have to be used at all on their network.

Virgin Media has previously trialled IPv6 with DS-Lite in 2018 and further information around this was shared at an annual IPv6 council meeting. Since then however there has been no follow up information on the trial and the overall status of their IPv6 deployment plans is unknown. Virgin Media seems unwilling or is ignoring the matter and simply responds with uninformative canned statements.

Several of Virgin Media's direct competitors in the fixed line broadband space including, BT and Sky deployed IPv6 to their customers years ago. It is time for Virgin Media to follow their lead. Given the significant amount of broadband customers Virgin Media has, deploying IPv6 will greatly help the overall IPv6 usage and adoption rate in the UK.

We are asking for a open and transparent conversation around IPv6 and what Virgin Media is planning or has planned.

IPv6 is the future, the time is now!

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