97% of Internet now full up, warn IPv4 shepherd boys2010.12.01 10:27 by Daniela
Keywords: IPv4, IANA, Internet
Less than three per cent of IPv4 address space is still to be allocated, after two huge chunks were given to American and European ISPs.
ARIN and RIPE, which administer IP addresses on either side of the Atlantic, each received two /8 address blocks in November. A fifth block went to their African equivalent.
The moves leave only seven /8 blocks - 2.7 per cent of the total of 256 - unallocated by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).
For years, warnings have been issued that the internet in its current incarnation is running out of space for new devices. Now that reality is imminent.
In mid-November, Vint Cerf, a key figure in the development of ARPANET, the forerunner to the internet, said: "There's no question we're going to be out of address space by springtime of 2011."
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