The 6UK board has determined that the organisation cannot fulfil its purpose and therefore the directors, all volunteers, resigned at today’s AGM without seeking re-election. In the absence of nominations to the board, 6UK is to be wound up in accordance with its articles of association.

BBC technology news 7 Nov 12 article

BBC technology news 7 Nov 12 article, updated 8 Nov 12

6UK is a not-for-profit membership organisation founded with seed funding of £20k from BIS in April 2010 to help the UK and UK organisations secure every competitive advantage available from the rapid adoption of the new protocol.

The UK lags its neighbours, economies of similar size, G20 and EU member states when it comes to uptake of the new Internet protocol, IPv6. This is of growing concern because the RIPE NCC (the Regional Internet Registry for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia) began to allocate its very last address space of the previous protocol, IPv4, in September this year.

Many factors impact the uptake of IPv6 and clearly free-market incentives are insufficient. Yet at a country level, delayed adoption significantly impacts national competitiveness, innovation and skills deleteriously. It may also hobble UK based companies facility to compete internationally.

From observing global IPv6 adoption patterns in recent times, one factor appears to dominate IPv6 adoption rates, namely government support. Countries with hands-off governments fall behind.

Additional information

The Internet equivalent of a telephone number is known as an Internet Protocol address, or IP address for short. Just as you need someone’s telephone number to call him or her, network technology needs an address when instructed to dispatch a packet of data from one computer to another.

Today, the Internet mostly uses IP version 4 (IPv4) but this has now reached the limits of its capacity. IANA – the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority – issued the last IPv4 address to the Regional Internet Registries in February 2011.

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the next generation protocol that provides vastly expanded address space, allowing the Internet to grow to many billions of times its current size.

Every organisation must consider the implications of the need to transition to IPv6 and decide what action it needs to take. Fortunately, having been defined towards the end of the 1990s, IPv6 is a well understood and low risk protocol.

Useful resources

An executive briefing and project planning guide are available at: http://www.6uk.org.uk/resources

For general information about 6UK, please visit: http://www.6uk.org.uk

Note: The 6UK website will continue serving until end-December.

For general information from the RIPE NCC: http://www.ipv6actnow.org

RIPE NCC on IPv4 exhaustion: http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/ipv4-exhaustion

For analyses at RIPE LABS: https://labs.ripe.net/statistics/?tags=ipv6

For country statistics by Cisco: http://6lab.cisco.com/stats/index.php

Recent article about US government efforts: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/internet/3400101/how-us-is-winning-race-next-gen-internet (IPv6 is a requirement for network enabled products and services purchased by the US government.)

The IPv6 Forum:http://www.ipv6forum.com

The IPv6 Observatory: http://www.ipv6observatory.eu

Contact details

Philip Sheldrake – 07715 488 759

Nigel Titley – 07956 619 345


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Video of Vint Cerf keynote at 6UK launch

Published on 13 December 2010 by in 6UK, Meetings


One month on, we can conclude by all accounts that the 6UK launch on 11th Nov 2010 was very well received. We garnered some great media coverage, and rather than repeating things here, why not check out some of the coverage of the day for yourself:

The presentations on the day are available here, and thanks to David Orban for whipping out his iPhone and recording the keynote by Vint:

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The launch is set for 11th November 2010 in London, and you can find out more and then register your interest in attending here.

You will also be doing the IPv6 UK plc cause a favour if you share news of this event with your network, and begin following @6uk on Twitter. And FYI, and unsurprisingly, most commentary on Twitter on this matter has the hashtag #IPv6.

For many other useful links, check out our resources page.

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6UK launch event coming together

Published on 07 October 2010 by in 6UK


As the countdown of remaining IPv4 addresses continues its inevitable decline to zero, the 6UK team has pulled together an official launch of our programme here. The event is intended to draw together leading Internet figures including Vint Cerf (often fondly referred to as the father of the Internet), the UK government and the media so that our message reaches out as effectively as possible to those who need to hear it.

You can find out more here:

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Our website goes live

Published on 27 May 2010 by in 6UK


This is our inaugural post simply stating the obvious… our website is live! Now, can we tempt you to demonstrate your organisation’s leadership in the new Internet protocol and join 6UK?

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