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 internet transit, tools, and network applications,[1] as well as data center colocation and hosting services at 2 locations in Fremont, California,[2] where the company is based.

According to its own data, Hurricane Electric is the largest global IP network as measured by network adjacencies in both IPv4 and IPv6.[3] It is also the largest global IP network as measured by IPv6 prefixes announced, and the fifth-largest global IP network as measured by IPv4 prefixes announced, according to its own data.[4]


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.[5] The majority of these adjacencies are native IPv6 BGP sessions.

Hurricane Electric offers an IPv6 tunnel broker service,[6] providing free connectivity to the IPv6 Internet via 6in4 IPv6 transition mechanisms. The company provides an online IPv6 certification program to further education and compliance in IPv6 technology.[7][8] As of June 21, 2020, the company reports 76,110 provisioned tunnels spanning 196 countries[9] via the IPv6 tunnel broker. 17,707 individuals in 165 countries have reached the highest level of the IPv6 certification.[10]


Within its global network, Hurricane Electric is connected to more than 290 major exchange points[11][12] and exchanges IP traffic directly with more than 10,500 different networks.[13] Hurricane Electric currently has 20+ Terabits per second active public peering capacity and 200+ Terabits per second active private peering capacity.[14][15]

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 155 of Euro-IX member IXPs.[16][17]

Peering dispute[edit]

There is a long-running dispute between the provider Cogent Communications and Hurricane Electric. Cogent has been refusing to peer settlement-free with Hurricane Electric since 2009. [18][19]


  1. ^ Cherry, Steven (January 27, 2011). "IPv6 is Coming--Just in Time". IEEE Spectrum.
  2. ^ "About Hurricane Electric Internet Services". Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  3. ^ "BGP Peer Report -". Retrieved 2022-07-05.
  4. ^ "BGP Peer Report -". Retrieved 2022-07-05.
  5. ^ Geoff Huston. "AS's ordered by AS Adjacency".
  6. ^ Henderson, Nicole (June 6, 2011). "Hurricane Electric Launches Premium IPv6 Tunnel Broker Service". Web Host Industry Review.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Salmela, Jacob. "Earning the IPv6 Certification from Hurricane Electric on Mac OS X". Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Tunnels By Country". Hurricane Electric. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  10. ^ "IPv6 Sages by Region". Hurricane Electric. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Hurricane Electric Exchange Point Information".
  12. ^ "Internet Exchange Report - Exchange Participants (BGP Toolkit)".
  13. ^ "AS6939 Hurricane Electric, Inc. (BGP Toolkit)".
  14. ^ "Hurricane Electric Peering Information Page".
  15. ^ "Hurricane Electric IP Transit Backbone Information Page".
  16. ^ "Hurricane Electric". IXPDB.
  17. ^ "IXPDB ASNs sorted by number of IXP connections". IXPDB.
  18. ^ "Another problem with IPv6: It's sparked a punch-up between top networks". The Register.
  19. ^ "IPv6 internet broken, cogent/telia/hurricane not peering". NANOG mailing list.

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