AT&T's Donovan says carrier is at the 'forefront' of IPv6 transition

AT&T (NYSE: T) used World IPv6 Launch to point out that it, like its cable counterparts, very much understands that the Internet is changing and, despite those who might look at the big carrier as staid, it "is at the forefront of enabling the transition to the Internet of things."

John Donovan, AT&T

Donovan

John Donovan, senior executive vice president for technology and network operations, delivered that message on a blog posted on the carrier's web page.

"One important way we're making that future possible is by leading the transition to IPv6, the successor technology to the nearly exhausted IPv4 standard. Due to the extensive amount of behind-the-scenes work and preparation by AT&T and other key industry players, the transition will be nearly seamless for our customers," Donovan wrote.

While others in the industry have been running scoreboards of the number of IPv6 customers already in operation, AT&T has been relatively quiet. That doesn't mean nothing's been happening, Donovan said.

"AT&T already has nearly one million residential broadband customers who are IPv6-enabled, and that number is growing rapidly. In fact, we far exceeded the goal for participating service providers to have one percent of residential wireline subscribers IPv6-enabled," he concluded.

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