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My upstream ISP does not support IPv6
- Subject: My upstream ISP does not support IPv6
- From: brandon at burn.net (Brandon Applegate)
- Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 22:23:08 -0500 (EST)
- In-reply-to: <[email protected]k-pro.local>
- References: <[email protected]k-pro.local>
On Fri, 4 Feb 2011, Franck Martin wrote:
> The biggest complaint that I hear from ISPs, is that their upstream ISP does not support IPv6 or will not provide them with a native IPv6 circuit.
> Is that bull?
> I thought the whole backbone is IPv6 now, and it is only the residential ISPs that are still figuring it out because CPE are still not there yet.
> Where can I get more information? Any list of peering ISPs that have IPv6 as part of their products?
> It seems to me the typical answer sales people say when asked about IPv6: "Gosh, this is the first time I'm asked this one".
I can provide anecdotal feedback on this. When we did v6 on our network -
we did it to full v4 parity. I.e. if we offer v4 / HSRP redundancy / BGP
full table, etc in a given site, we need to be able to do the same with
v6. We acheived that. At this point I had a decent v6 network, but was
isolated from the world. I had to talk to upstreams.
In a nutshell, it was non-trivial. The upstreams in question will remain
nameless to protect the guilty, but they are all who some would call 'tier
1'. The common themes were:
- Hmm, don't know our process for that, let me send emails and
'reach out' and get back to you.
- We can do it, but we have to home you to a different router. This
will be a provisioning exercise and you will get new /30 (/126, etc) and
new circuit ID.
So it was far from simply adding v6 to our existing circuit(s) and another
BGP session. It has taken months.
I couldn't quite wait that long so I did a tunnel w/ BGP to Hurricane and
got it up in a matter of days. At that point, at least I could traceroute
somewhere :) We are just now finishing up getting native on our transit
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