Cox Biz Customers Test-Drive IPv6

Cox Business and several of the company's customers will participate in World IPv6 Day, the first global-scale test of next generation Internet addresses. IPv6 consists of 128 bits as compared to 32 bits in IPv4, resulting in approximately 340 undecillion (5 x 1...

Cox Business and several of the company's customers will participate in World IPv6 Day, the first global-scale test of next generation Internet addresses. IPv6 consists of 128 bits as compared to 32 bits in IPv4, resulting in approximately 340 undecillion (5 x 10^38) IPv6 addresses vs. the 4.2 billion available through IPv4.

In 2010, Cox began exchanging native IPv4 and IPv6 traffic dual-stack with select business customers and is now conducting residential service trials with Cox employees. Cox's core network is fully IPv6 compliant, and the company is transitioning the network edge and support infrastructure to meet customer demand.

"We are testing IPv6 with Cox Business customers early to ensure that they can provide a consistent experience to their end users," said Jeff Finkelstein, senior director of architecture, Cox Communications, in a statement. "Cox's dual-stack IPv6 deployment allows customers the ability to continue leveraging current IPv4 capability while incrementally adding the IPv6 support required for the next generation of network devices and applications."
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