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IPv4 Officially Depleted, Eyes on IPv6

Feb 03, 2011, 22:39 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"At a ceremony held in Miami, the last five blocks of IPv4 address space were officially handed over to the five global Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). The event followed the final request earlier this week from APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Center) that triggered the exhaustion of the free pool of IPv4 address space.

"With the official ceremony and depletion of the free pool of IPv4 addresses, the focus now turns to IPv6 adoption as a way to continue to expand Internet innovation. Rob Beckstom, CEO of ICANN, noted during the ceremony that the event marked one of the most important days in the history of the Internet.

""It marks far more than the transition from one Internet protocol to another; it marks the amazingly successful growth of the Internet with people all over the world coming online," Beckstom said during the event. "A pool of more than 4 billion Internet addresses has just been emptied this morning; completely depleted."

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