Does AWS charge for IPV6 Address?

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Hello team,

Recently AWS started charges for IPV4 addresses. Will amazon apply charges for IPV6 addresses?

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Hi,

My personal understanding is that IP v4 addresses got charged for since January due to their increasing pricing on the market. See https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-aws-public-ipv4-address-charge-public-ip-insights/

As you may know, IPv4 addresses are an increasingly scarce resource and the cost to acquire 
a single public IPv4 address has risen more than 300% over the past 5 years. This change 
reflects our own costs and is also intended to encourage you to be a bit more frugal with 
your use of public IPv4 addresses and to think about accelerating your adoption of IPv6 
as a modernization and conservation measure.

It seems through many press articles that the fraction of the 2^32 IP v4 adresses routable on the public internet is getting exhausted. Hence, the increase of their price when purchased on the market.

IP v6 is very different: with 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 (= 2^128) addresses and with addressing schemes drawing lessons from the mistakes of the early days of the internet, we are covered for a (very) long time. Hence, service provides won't have to charge for them due to their scarcity like v4 for a long time.

That's why IPv6 addresses are free of now as per https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2021/11/amazon-virtual-private-cloud-ipv6-subnets-ec2-instances/

Best,

Didier

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