IPv6 indicator to business leaders

Business leaders can avoid risk by deploying new technology.

Organizations relying on the Internet to conduct business only have a limited time to act and adapt to changing technologies, or run the risk their online services may become unavailable to a rapidly growing population of users.

With the Number Resource Organization’s (NRO) recent announcement that less than 10% of available IPv4 addresses remain unallocated, APNIC is calling on business leaders to act now to ensure that access to online content continues via IPv4 and IPv6 (dual stacking). Suppliers, partners, equipment vendors, and hosting companies are encouraged to support IPv6; and ensure their staff are adequately trained on IPv6.

APNIC’s Chief Scientist, Geoff Huston warns: “We've reached a critical low water mark for IP addresses. Out of the original 4.5 billion addresses, less than 400 million remain. This is simply not enough to fuel further growth of the Internet.”

“Consider how many new Internet compatible mobile phones were connected in the Asia Pacific in 2009 alone,” he notes.

Paul Wilson, Director General of APNIC said, “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,” said Mr Wilson.

For more information on this announcement, please see the APNIC Press Resources page at www.apnic.net/press, or get more background on the IPv6 Program page www.apnic.net/ipv6.