Posted April 1st, 2014
Internet protocol is the method by which data is routed by computers on the web. It is necessary for devices to connect online. But the huge increase in Internet users and devices worldwide is putting a strain on the current system.
Paul Wilson, director general of the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), the region’s Internet registry, said addresses on IPv4 worldwide are either exhausted or near exhaustion.
“The challenge is encouraging businesses and organizations to adopt IPv6, because their infrastructure is built around IPv4 and the two systems are not entirely compatible,” he told AFP on the sidelines of a meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Singapore.
IPv6, which came into effect in June 2012, allows for trillions of “IP” numbers or addresses, while IPv4 has room for only 4.3 billion, which is not enough as the Internet continues to grow exponentially.
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