Internet IPv4 adresses to run out in early 2011

The Number Resource Organisation has announced that less than five percent of the world’s IPv4 addresses remain unallocated – meaning that crunch time is rapidly approaching unless internet stakeholders move to a new protocol.Much has been made of the fact that the old IPv4 addresses are running out, but the NRO has pointed out that recent allocations mean that things are becoming urgent, and IPv6 adoption is critical.”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,” states Axel Pawlik, Chairman of the Number Resource Organization (NRO), the official representative of the five RIRs.

“It is critical that all Internet stakeholders take definitive action now to ensure the timely adoption of IPv6.”

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