IPv6: Still on the Radar
19 Jun 2012
For many of us in the technical community, it feels like we’ve been talking about the need to adopt IPv6 for years.
The RIPE NCC – the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia – made our first IPv6 allocation back in 1999. The ‘Internet of things’ was first being talked about, mobile networking was starting to gather pace and we were catching a first glimpse of how these developments could change the world.
Although supplies of IPv4 address space were still plentiful at this point, we already knew that the 4.3 billion available IPv4 addresses would not be able to keep up with Internet development. We set about informing anyone who would listen about IPv6, the next generation of Internet addressing, which massively increased the number of IP addresses and would ensure that the Internet could grow and expand well into the future.
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