The world will run out of IPv4 addresses in late 2011 and must quickly move to its successor, IPv6, according to the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC).
In a statement issued yesterday, APNIC Chief Scientist Geoff Huston said fewer than 400 million IPv4 addresses remain to be allocated and it is therefore "Well and truly time to change from talk to action, and roll out the IPv6 Internet."
The organisation believes the issue is of special relevance to Australia,as our region consumed 45.87% of all new IP address allocations during 2009. With Asia possessing a huge, but largely unwired, population, demand for IP addresses can only increase and IP v4 simply cannot cope with likely demand.
Mr Paul Wilson, Director General of APNIC, says the organisation has decided to issue its warning because fewer than 10% of IPv4 addresses remain, a threshold he says "Should serve as an indisputable indicator to Asia Pacific business leaders from all sectors. Without planning and risk assessment, IPv4 exhaustion poses a tangible threat to the long-term growth and innovation of virtually all organizations in the region."
“It is critical that industry leaders assess the risk this exhaustion will have on their businesses so they can adapt to the changes it will present, and take advantage of the IPv6 growth potential. Using IPv6 will enable the Internet to continue to grow to millions of times its current size in terms of devices connected,” Wilson said.
The statement also features James Spenceley from the Australian Network Operators Group (AusNOG), who calls for Australian businesses to pressure their suppliers into a move to IPv6.
"It is essential that enterprise users understand this issue and convince their ICT suppliers to invest in the equipment upgrades necessary for networks to support IPv6," he says