Web Experts Say we Could Run Out of Internet Addresses Soon

November 3, 2009

(ChattahBox)—In two years, we could near the end of unique Internet addresses, say experts. To solve this problem, companies will need to upgrade their existing naming protocol to keep the Internet engines of commerce chugging along.

The soon to be obsolete IPv4 protocol has about tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands unique addresses left, which could run out in the next two years. The IPv4 protocol only operates on a 32-bit system, allowing about 4.3 billion unique addresses.

For companies to remain current in the 21st century, they need to migrate to the advanced platform of a IPv6 naming protocol, which operates on a 128-bit system. The advanced IPv6 protocol would provide billions of new Web addresses needed to support the economy, government and all aspects of our ever expanding digital lives.

Additional costs are associated with the migration to the new protocol, and eventually even home users may need to replace their routers.

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