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New OECD Report Urges Firms To Speed Up IPv6 Rollout

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New OECD Report Urges Firms To Speed Up IPv6 Rollout

A new OECD report on IPv6 deployment assesses the progress made by network operators and companies to rollout IPv6 networks.

It estimates that IPv4 addresses are close to running out, with only 8% remaining in March 2010. This could mean that new Internet users or mobile devices will not be able to access the Internet, stifling creativity and the deployment of new services on the Internet.

The message is that much more needs to be done and quickly. When IPv4 addresses run out, network operators and companies must support the newer version of the Internet Protocol (IPv6) in order to add new customers or devices to their networks. Otherwise, they will need complex and expensive layers of network address translation (NAT) to share scarce IPv4 addresses among multiple users and devices.

IPv6 is increasingly on the radar screen of policy makers and private decision makers, it says. Internet infrastructure players are readying for IPv6, with one out of five transit networks handling IPv6. But still only around 5% of networks on the Internet could handle IPv6 traffic by early 2010.

The report urges policy makers and firms to accelerate their IPv6 deployment: "IPv6 is not being deployed sufficiently rapidly at present to intercept the estimated IPv4 exhaustion date.

Much more mobilisation needs to occur for the Internet infrastructure to be ready when IPv4 addresses run out in 2012."

The full report is available at http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/48/51/44953210.pdf

More information on OECD work on Ipv6 is available at http://www.oecd.org/sti/ict/ipv6

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