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The future is now: You may already be using IPv6

Stephen Lawson | April 15, 2015
You've probably heard about the looming shortage of Internet addresses, even if you've never gone looking for one. But depending on what websites you visit and how you get to them, you may be helping to solve it.

As for the speed boost that may come with IPv6, it's too early to say whether you'll see it or not. Facebook says it has seen users' News Feeds loading 20 percent to 40 percent faster on mobile devices using IPv6. Tests at Time Warner Cable have shown a 15 percent boost.

The speed increases might happen because users of IPv6 don't have to share an IPv4 address with other subscribers using Network Address Translation, a technique that makes the network work harder. But Facebook's Saab isn't ready to break out the confetti just yet.

"We're still trying to clarify the data," Saab said.


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