North America is out of new IPv4 addresses2015-09-24 16:06 by Daniela
The organization that manages the distribution of Internet number resources for America (ARIN) announced today that it has issued the final IPv4 addresses in its free pool. This means that adoption of IPv6 may be sooner than expected.
Anyone who still needs IPv4 addresses can request them from ARIN, but the organization won't have any to give away unless it gets more from the global Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) or returned addresses from users who don't need them anymore. There's already a waiting list for requests, set up earlier this year.
"While ARIN will continue to process IPv4 requests through its wait list and the existing transfer market, organizations should be prepared to help usher in the next phase of the Internet by deploying IPv6 as soon as possible," said John Curran, ARIN's President and CEO.
"Effective today, because exhaustion of the ARIN IPv4 free pool has occurred for the first time, there is no longer a restriction on how often organizations may request transfers to specified recipients," Curran noted. "If we are able to fully satisfy all of the requests on the waiting list, any remaining IPv4 addresses would be placed into the ARIN free pool of IPv4 addresses to satisfy future requests."
IPv4 dates back to 1981 and globally offers about 4.3 billion unique addresses. IPv6, introduced in 1999, should have enough addresses to serve Internet users for generations, according to ARIN.
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