IPv6 is one of those technologies that always seems to be “right around the corner.” The year 2002 and the first half of 2003 witnessed no major deployments of IPv6 or any IPv6-based “killer applications.” Mobile phone or wireless technology breakthroughs (associated with IPv6) that have been looming on the horizon for some time have not yet occurred. Why is this? To answer this question, we need to examine the problems IPv6 was trying to solve and the business climate for these solutions. This article will examine some of the driving forces and delaying factors in IPv6 deployment.