As the supply of available Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) Web addresses dwindles, the cost of Internet access could rise unless the industry steps up efforts to make the shift to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) addresses, warns Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) chief scientist Geoff Huston. This prediction follows the Number Resource Organization's announcement that the remaining available IPv4 addresses have fallen bellow 10 percent. The last remaining block of available IPv4 addresses is expected to be allocated to APNIC by September 2011.
"It's not that there won't be addresses [IPv4] to be had, but the price will make folks' eyes water," Huston says.
In order to avoid passing on these high prices to end users, Huston recommends that Internet service providers (ISPs) and manufacturers take steps to supply IPv6 addresses and enabled equipment as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, a recent survey commissioned by the European Commission found that approximately 92 percent of ISPs are not using IPv6 or report little IPv6 activity on their network. The majority of ISPs have shown a reluctance to make the shift, and have reported that they have no intention of running IPv6 trials in the short term.
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