Final /8 allocated to APNIC from IANA

APNIC has received its final /8 IPv4 address block from IANA (103/8) and will be making allocations from this range in the near future.

Today the Number Resource Organization (NRO), the body which represents the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) announced the final five remaining address blocks (one /8 block containing approximately 16.5 million IP addresses) were shared equally among the world’s five regions.

This event indicates a key milestone in IPv4 exhaustion; the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority’s (IANA) store of unallocated IPv4 address space is now fully depleted and only the regional free pools remain unallocated.

It is safe to say that IPv4 exhaustion has been accelerated by the explosion of economic growth in the Asia Pacific region during the past decade.

APNIC Director General Paul Wilson said, “It’s an exciting place to be at this dynamic time in global economic development.”

Previously low penetration rates for domestic broadband, combined with an unprecedented surge in the rollout of networks providing mobile Internet connectivity, has seen millions more devices connecting to the Internet.

“This region is home to not only some of the largest populations in the world, but also the fastest-growing economies. Nearly all Asia Pacific economies are either in a strong developmental position, or they are accelerating at a rapid pace,” Mr Geoff Huston, Chief Scientist, APNIC said.

To read the APNIC and NRO Press Releases, or to see photos and watch a webcast of the final five /8 allocation ceremony, please see the APNIC Press page.