Hurricane Electric

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Hurricane Electric
IndustryInternet service provider
HeadquartersFremont, CA, USA
Key people
Mike Leber, founder
ServicesIP transit, colocation, dedicated servers
Primary ASN6939
Peering policyOpen

Hurricane Electric is a global Internet service provider offering IPv4 and IPv6 Internet access, transit, tools, and network applications,[1] as well as data center colocation and hosting services in San Jose, California, and in Fremont, California, where the company is based.


Hurricane Electric operates the largest Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) transit networks globally, as measured by the count of peering interconnections to other networks.[2] The majority of these adjacencies are native IPv6 BGP sessions.

Hurricane Electric offers an IPv6 tunnel broker service,[3] providing free connectivity to the IPv6 Internet via 6-in-4 IPv6 transition mechanisms. The company provides an online IPv6 certification program to further education and compliance in IPv6 technology.[4][5] As of May 7, 2018, the company reports 97,067 provisioned tunnels spanning 197 countries[6] via the IPv6 tunnel broker. 15,382 individuals in 155 countries have reached the highest level of the IPv6 certification.[7]


Within its global network, Hurricane Electric is connected to more than 227 major exchange points[8][9] and exchanges IP traffic directly with more than 9,000 different networks.[10]

The European Internet Exchange Association (Euro-IX) ranks Hurricane Electric first in the world for the number of connections to Internet exchange points, with presence at more than 124 of Euro-IX member IXPs.[11][12]

Peering Dispute[edit]

There is a long-running dispute between ISP Cogent and Hurricane Electric. As well as refusing Hurricane entry into the IPv6 Tier-1 league, Cogent is also fighting with Google for the same reason. [13]


  1. ^ Cherry, Steven (January 27, 2011). "IPv6 is Coming--Just in Time". IEEE Spectrum.
  2. ^ Geoff Huston. "AS's ordered by AS Adjacency".
  3. ^ Henderson, Nicole (June 6, 2011). "Hurricane Electric Launches Premium IPv6 Tunnel Broker Service". Web Host Industry Review.
  4. ^ Deploy360 Programme. "Training: Hurricane Electric Free IPv6 Certification". Internet Society (ISOC). Archived from the original on 3 July 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012. Hurricane Electric offers a series of free IPv6 “certification exams” aimed at helping you demonstrate your familiarity with IPv6 concepts and your ability to correctly configure IPv6 systems. Registration is free.
  5. ^ Salmela, Jacob. "Earning the IPv6 Certification from Hurricane Electric on Mac OS X". Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Tunnels By Country". Hurricane Electric. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  7. ^ "IPv6 Sages by Region". Hurricane Electric. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Hurricane Electric Exchange Point Information".
  9. ^ "Internet Exchange Report - Exchange Participants (BGP Toolkit)".
  10. ^ "AS6939 Hurricane Electric, Inc. (BGP Toolkit)".
  11. ^ "Hurricane Electric". IXPDB.
  12. ^ "IXPDB ASNs sorted by number of IXP connections". IXPDB.
  13. ^ "Another problem with IPv6: It's sparked a punch-up between top networks".

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