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RIPE NCC pushes for IPv6 adoption

With just two years left before IP addresses run out, RIPE NCC, the not-for-profit organisation that supports the infrastructure of the internet, has launched...

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With just two years left before IP addresses run out, RIPE NCC, the not-for-profit organisation that supports the infrastructure of the internet, has launched a website to get users to switch over to IPv6.

The site, called IPv6 Act Now shows that 88% of all IPv4 addresses have been allocated, leaving about 480 million for all the new devices and users who wish to connect to the internet. This number is decreasing every second and experts predict that the free pool of IPv4 addresses will run out by 2011.

Over 800 European organisations give their support to the "IPv6 Act Now" statement to urge speedy and efficient adoption of IPv6.

The IPv6 Act Now website said: "We recommend that service providers make their services available over IPv6. We urge those who will need significant new address resources to deploy IPv6. We encourage governments to play their part in the deployment of IPv6 and in particular to ensure that all citizens will be able to participate in the future information society. We urge that the widespread deployment of IPv6 be made a high priority by all stakeholders."

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