Asia Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

Friday Apr 15th 2011 by Staff

The mandatory transition to IPv6 is coming earlier than expected for those in the Asia-Pacific.

ZDNet: Many observers believed that the supply of IPv4 addresses available in the Asia-Pacific region would last until this summer, but the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) has announced that it has released the last block of available IPv4 addresses. “This event is a key turning point in IPv4 exhaustion for the Asia Pacific, as the remaining IPv4 space will be ‘rationed’ to network operators to be used as essential connectivity with next-generation IPv6 addresses," APNIC said in a statement.

"Considering the ongoing demand for IP addresses, this date effectively represents IPv4 exhaustion for many of the current operators in the Asia Pacific region,” added APNIC director General Paul Wilson. “From this day onwards, IPv6 is mandatory for building new Internet networks and services.”

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