By 2011, India will run out of Internet Protocol addresses! Business Standard reports that the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) had 4.3 billion IP version 4 (IPv4) addresses of which, 68% have already been allocated and 13% are unavailable due to technical issues.
What is an IP address?
- A numerical identification of a company’s name that the web understands.
- Used to trace the origin of an email, malicious worms or location of a defamatory website or blog.
What is IPv6?
IP version 6 (IPv6) is the next version that supports a total of 16 billion IP addresses.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) urged the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) that:
“The fast growth of Internet and likely migration towards NGN (next generation networks) will require IPv6 addresses. In this background, the creation of a National Internet Registry (NIR) is urgently required”.
The roadmap ahead
- The Indian IT industry, however, is yet to acknowledge the need for IPv6.
- It is very important for TRAI to create awareness about this among ISPs.
The migration could prove fatal unless there is a proper migration process in place. The Indian IT industry is yet to gear up for this migration. A whole lot of systems need to be configured and equipment needs to be put in place supporting IPv6.
(Source: Business Standard)