Google: IPv6 going as planned, not aware of outages

Wednesday morning, many reported that Google’s search engine, e-mail and other applications were down for a few minutes across the Web.

Some speculated that the downtime had something to do with the company’s implementation of IPv6, a new system of assigning unique Web addresses to computer, phones and other Web devices.

A Google spokesman said that the company’s test run of IPv6 is going as planned and that it’s not aware of any outages.

“The vast majority of users should be able to access services as usual, but in rare cases, misconfigured or misbehaving network equipment, particularly in home networks, may impair access to participating websites during the trial,” he said. “We currently estimate that 99.95% of Internet users will experience no connectivity issues.”

For those that are experiencing problems, Google suggests a visit its Help Center. Alternatively, those having problems can access search at ipv4.google.com.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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