Networking and Security

Networking and Security Research Group

Surveying the State of IPv6 Deployment in Australia and China


The unallocated IPv4 address space is now almost exhausted and organisations in Australia and China increasingly use IPv6. This research project aims to shed some light on the current state and the trajectory of IPv6 deployment in organisations in Australia and China. The goals of the study are to get an accurate picture of the current deployment state, identify what drives and hinders IPv6 deployment, map out the future trajectory for IPv6 deployment, and determine which perceived alternatives to IPv6, e.g. network address translation (NAT), are considered as remedy for IPv4 address shortages.

The project is the first recipient of the 2015 APNIC Internet Operations Research Grants, which are administered by ISIF Asia.


Our study is based on a survey that is completely anonymous. The outcomes of this study will help to provide a greater understanding of the IPv6 deployment. This understanding will not only benefit people's future business decisions related to IPv6, but hopefully will also be translated into actions to further improve the transition to IPv6.

Thank you to those of you who have participated in the survey, and those of you who decided not to participate, thank you for your consideration. If you have reached this page without having received an invitation to the survey but would like to participate please contact us.


A summary of the results of the study will be made publicly available on this web page in around 6 months; alternatively you can email us and request a copy of the results. If you have any questions or comments about this project, or if you are interested in a summary of the results please contact Dr. Sebastian Zander ( or Dr. Alex Wang (

Project Members

Funding and Collaboration
This project is supported by a grant from the Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia). This project is done in collaboration with APNIC Pty Ltd.