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Re: IPv6 at Optus

I’m with AussieBroadband now for fixed (was Optus cable). Still on Optus for mobile. AussieBroadband have IPv6 in beta, but works fine for me. See https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/thread/9004zpv9

 

And https://whirlpool.net.au/wiki/aussie_broadband_ipv6

 

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What do you get?

A direct /128 out of a /64 range for your wan side of the connection.
A /56 which can be used for LAN side connections. This can be split up into /64 ranges via PD (Prefix Delegation), or manually configured by you.

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I’m sure there are more providers with IPv6 too. I know Superloop also started beta recently. See https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/thread/97rn1z23

 

Internode were the first Aussie ISP with IPv6. Looks like they still provide it too. https://www.internode.on.net/support/guides/internet_access/ipv6/ Not sure what subnetting they use

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Re: IPv6 at Optus

I also went with AussieBroadband.  You do need to 'opt in' after being connected - Took all of 10 seconds to do from their support page.

Other providers include Foxtel's NBN ISP offering is dual-stack IPv6, and Exetel also has IPv6.

https://stats.labs.apnic.net/ipv6/AU  shows the latest measurements of IPv6 deployment, look for the entries >30%.

AussieBB is actually low in this report, possibly reported under a different ASN - as I can confirm its working well.

Aussie allocated a /56 for the LAN, different from the /64 used for the WAN subnet.

 

 

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Re: IPv6 at Optus

Transcript from an Optus Chat as of 15/01/2020.

TLDR; It's the same answer OP and several others on this thread got.
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Your expert today is J, who will look into your question and respond in around 2 minutes.

J
Hi there, how can I assist you today?

You
My question is: Is IPv6 deployed for Optus yet, and if so, how can I enable it/opt in?

You
If not, when will it be deployed, and will I be notified/signed up?

J
Let me look in to the service and assist you with that, please help me with the account details.

You
I don't think you need account details, considering it should just be a simple yes/no question.

You
I can provide you with other details though

You
I'm on 100/40 NBN, through FTTN.

You
And I'm in Northern Queensland (Actual location removed)

You
That should be all you need

J
Thank you for letting me know about the service and the speed pack which you are on.
The NBN service has not yet been opted with IPv6 the current version is IPV4 which is used with all the NBN technologies. The team is working in order to upgrade it and once it is upgraded all the customers will be notified via SMS and they will be able to opt IPV6

You
Okay, but

You
There was a forum post about 3/4 years ago where a person asked the same question, and got the same response (This forum post lol)

You
Is there an estimated time frame

You
Or is it just whenever Optus decides to do it?

J
we don't have the exact time for this, however the experiment on IPV6 has been in process, once it is completely tested they will be Upgrading that and the customers will be notified.

You
I mean, sure?

You
I'm not really sure that IPv6 needs to be tested considering it's been out for 20+ years now

You
Also, other NBN providers in Australia already have IPv6, along side IPv4.

You
I would be completely amazed if all this time it was testing, and Optus was trying to release it in a perfect state.

J
I can imagine your situation, as I am from the front end team I've limited access on this, I'll have this forwarded to our back end so that they can check on this and get an update to you at the earliest.

You
Thank you for this. It is appreciated. I understand that you're on the front team, so it's just the word of a support agent, but this means a lot.

You
I know for a fact this won't be the one that convinces Optus to move to IPv6,as they've probably had hundreds of requests/questions about it already

You
But, please refer this to them every time this comes up. They need to know. Even if it's only on their mobile networks at first.

J
Thank you for the Feedback, we will have this to the relevant team so that the customers gets the Update on this at the earliest.

You
Appreciated. That will be all. Not leaving a rating, sorry.
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Re: IPv6 at Optus

It's a shame. Lack of competition makes Optus and other providers feel comfortable and to implement new technologies.

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Re: IPv6 at Optus

I would like to use Optus 5G broadband but need a fixed IP - something not currently offered with 5G/IP4.  However IPv6 does not need a dynamic arrangement due to the vast numbers available, so I presume the adoption by Optus of IPv6 might enable a fixed IP offer.  Is this likely?  How about a forward thinking up to date Optus - how good would that be!

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Re: IPv6 at Optus

That's partly the problem @keithfromoz, I've implemented a IPv6 he.net tunnel at home enabling all devices with IPv6, but without mobile support (Optus) and many of the other connections I use, none have it, so I stick having to continue using IPv4.

Telstra have rolled it out over their mobile network, business and home services months ago. So when I go camping and Optus coverage didn't cut it, I enable a prepaid hotspot, so I get to play with IPv6 while holidaying.

This is spoof, Optus, it can and really should be done. Carrier Grade PAT (NAT) is not even a band-aid solution, one day the world will get burned with not being prepared. It's not something we can all turn on in weeks!
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