Monday, 26 Jul, 2010 Technology

About 94 Percent of All Internet IP Addresses Are Already Assigned


According to specialists soon there will be no more possible combinations of 32-bit IP addresses online.

The system used across the Web is entitled Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). It makes use of 32-bit numbers to assign new IP addresses. It would be interesting to note that there are 4 billion possible combinations of IP addresses in system used today and about 94 percent of these IPs have already been assigned.

Specialists in the field of technology say that there will soon be a need to move to a new system called IPv6 that would make use of 128-bit numbers for IP addresses, thus considerably increasing the number of possible combinations.

"Without IPv6, the Internet's expansion and innovation could be limited. Delaying IPv6 deployment may strain the work of Internet operators, application developers, and end users everywhere," mentioned John Curran, president and CEO for the American Registry for Internet Numbers.

The number one search engine has been a strong supporter of a new system and mentioned about the need on IPv6 at a large number of conferences worldwide. The most difficult part in switching to IPv6 lies in convincing the whole world to move to it, informs Yahoo News.

In case the day when there are no more IP addresses comes, the consequences could be devastating - for example, a lot of pressure on the Internet could be created by high prices set up for scarce IP addresses.

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