Less Than One Year Until The Internet Runs Out of Addresses

Friday Jul 23rd 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

All but six percent of the existing IPv4 addresses have been allocated.

ReadWriteWeb: John Curran, President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) is warning that the available IPv4 Internet addresses will run out in about a year. Because IPv4 limits addresses to a 32-bit number, there are about 4 billion possible addresses. However, all but six percent of those have been allocated.

The solution is to transfer to IPv6, which uses 128-bit addresses. Curran says that transition is happening "slowly."

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