About the project



All relevant data networks today are based on the Internet Protocol (IP). The Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) defines around 4 billion unique addresses, which, in Europe, have already effectively run out.

The lack of available IPv4 addresses is the main reason behind the ongoing shift from IPv4 to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), which has a significantly greater address space. Technically, IPv6 is the only available solution at the network layer which can fulfil the broad requirements of current information and communication technology.

In the context of the lack of IPv4 addresses, a smooth transition to IPv6, sooner than later, is crucial. The slow take-up of IPv6, in particular by European public administrations, hinders interoperability and cooperation between public administrations in Europe, and the development of the Digital Single Market.

While the Digital Agenda addresses all sectors of European society, it is recognised that there is a special opportunity for governments and public administrations to take a leadership role in the adoption of IPv6. It is also important that governments and public administrations themselves do not pose an impediment to advancement of the Digital Agenda.

About this project

This project aims to help EU public administrations take a leadership role in IPv6 deployment, and to enable uniform adoption of IPv6 in public administrations across the EU28. To achieve this, the project will create a common framework for European public administrations to establish an IPv6 addressing plan, procure an IPv6 address space, and to prepare and implement a transition plan within their organisations.

Member states are at different stages of IPv6 implementation. The project will identify practices that have enabled implementation and barriers that have impeded it. Sharing best practice and practical steps to overcoming barriers will facilitate increased adoption.

The project will focus on the technical and organisational aspects of IPv6 adoption, developing an adoption plan specific to each Member State. In addition, workshops will be organised throughout the study to transfer knowledge to key personnel in each Member State.

This project builds upon past work in this area, notably the GEN6 project.

The project team

Grant Forsyth

Plum Consulting
Project Director

Mark McFadden

Internet Policy Advisors
IPv6 Expert and
Principal Technical Lead

David Holder

IPv6 Expert and
Knowledge Transfer Manager

Vincent Bonneau

Research Manager

Tony Holmes

IPv6 Expert

Jorge Pereira

European Commission

The project firms

The project is being delivered by a consortium of firms: Plum Consulting, iDate, Internet Policy Advisors, Synetergy and Erion. Profiles of these firms are provided below.


Founded in 2007, Plum Consulting is a leading independent consulting firm, focused on the telecommunications, media and technology sectors. Plum applies extensive industry knowledge, consulting experience, and rigorous analysis to address economic, regulatory, commercial and technological challenges in these sectors.