Sky to trial IPv6 soon with customers
The world trade of old unused IPv4 blocks is something we have seen increase a lot in the last few months and we expect this to continue to increase as IPv4 block exhaustion becomes more acute and is a key reason why Sky is pushing on with a move towards a dual-stack operation.
IPv6 support has been trialled by Sky staff for a while and it looks set to move to a wider audience in the form of everyday customers. Our understanding is that IPv6 addresses will be allocated from a single /56 using DHCPv6 PD with existing customer routers getting upgrades to handle IPv6 and running an IPv6 firewall (RFC 6092) to provide basic security.
This move by Sky seems to be ahead of the other major UK broadband providers and fits in with more techie approach that Sky Broadband Pro Unlimited is providing, such as allowing old Be and O2 customers to tweak their broadband profile, rather than rely totally on the automatic DLM system.