In response to the rapid growth in the use of the web, Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) announced it has added next-generation IPv6 technology to its root DNS (domain name system) servers, essentially enabling every person and every device to grab an IP address.
The move has been prompted by growing concerns that today's system, based on IPv4, could soon become overloaded and run out of domain addresses.
IPv6 quadruples the size of the internet address field from 32-bits to 128-bits, resulting in the potential availability of trillions of additional addresses.
These will give not only every human an address but also every mobile phone, refrigerator, washing machine and device that could be imaginably linked to the internet, according to Icann.
The TLDs (top level domains) of Japan and Korea (.jp and .kr) became the first to support IPv6, with France expected to follow shortly.
Icann a global non-profit organisation responsible for co-ordinating the Internet's naming and numbering systems.
John Blau writes for IDG News Service