Less than 5 Percent of IPv4 Addresses Remain

Ainsley Jones

Last month, our Carl Weinschenk said the curtain is finally coming down on IPv4, one of the longest-running dramas in the telecommunications sector. A global body in charge of allocating Internet addresses agrees. The Number Resource Organization says less than 5 percent of the world's IPv4 addresses remain unallocated, reports Maximum PC. Axel Pawlik, Chairman of the NRO, stated:

This is a major milestone in the life of the Internet, and means that allocation of the last blocks of IPv4 to the RIRs is imminent. It is critical that all Internet stakeholders take definitive action now to ensure the timely adoption of IPv6.

David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor, spoke with industry insider Steven J. Vaughan-Nicols, who says if folks aren't already considering a move to IPv6, they'll be doing so out of necessity in due time. The advantage of making the move is fairly clear to Vaughan-Nicols, who stated:

If the wireless infrastructure around you is up to snuff, mobile IPv6 will let you move from one form of wireless connectivity to another without losing your connection or needing to pick up a new IP address.

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