Until recently, Latin America lagged the rest of the developed world on IPv6 deployment. One reason is that LACNIC isn't expected to run out of IPv4 addresses until January 2014. In contrast, Asia has already run out of IPv4 addresses, Europe is expected to deplete its supply this year, and North America's pool of IPv4 addresses will be gone next year.
"I don't know if it's to our advantage or our disadvantage that LACNIC is not running out of IPv4 addresses yet," Servin says. "For a long time, ISPs here didn't talk about IPv6. They think they can take things slowly and relax. But they aren't taking into account that IPv4 is gone in other regions. Asia Pacific doesn't have IPv4 addresses, so they are moving the Internet ahead in so many ways. It's important for the whole Internet to move to IPv6.''
The Brazilian Network Information Center, which operates the .br registry, came up with the idea for IPv6 Week to raise awareness among ISPs and content providers in the region that they need to start working on IPv6 deployment. Other organizations that helped publicize the week-long IPv6 trial include LACNIC and the Internet Society.
"The goal of this activity was to create awareness...to show users that it was very easy to deploy IPv6," says Christian O'Flaherty, Regional Development Manager for the Internet Society. "We're hoping this week is going to get people to start thinking about IPv6."
So far, IPv6 Week has gone smoothly. Of the 188 participating Web sites, 170 had successfully served up the quad-A records required by IPv6 in an ongoing measurement as of Wednesday morning.
"There were not many connectivity problems," O'Flaherty says. "Some users may have experienced some issues on the first day for their initial testing or configurations, but none were bad enough that anyone had to go back and dis-configure IPv6. No problems were big enough that they had to be announced."
IPv6 Week is generating some additional IPv6 traffic in Latin America. The event was timed to coincide with a technology-oriented festival that is taking place in Sao Paolo called Campus Party Brasil, which has attracted 7,000 participants.
"On Monday, about 1.5% to 2% of the traffic at Campus Party Brasil was IPv6," O'Flaherty says. "We have used Campus Party Brasil to give some talks about IPv6 and raise awareness."