China to improve scale of IPv6 network connections

China will improve the access capability of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)-based network this year, which is considered the next generation of the internet, that allows much higher theoretical limits on the number of IP addresses than the current IPv4 system. 

Its number of active IPv6 connections is expected to hit 1.15 billion by the end of 2020, and mobile network IPv6 traffic is expected to account for more than 10 percent of the total by the end of 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said Monday. 

To speed up IPv6 end-to-end connectivity and improve the scale of IPv6 active users and network traffic, the MIIT has decided to launch the special action to improve IPv6 end-to-end connectivity in 2020, the statement said. 

China issued a plan to encourage large-scale adoption of the IPv6 network in 2017. According to the plan, by the end of 2025, network and terminal devices will fully support the adoption of IPv6 in China, and it will have the largest number of IPv6 users in the world by the end of 2025. 

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency