Despite warnings that the online world will run out of IP addresses in 2012, many people do not fully understand the implications. MTN Business supports the creation of IPv6 Day – on the 8th June – and hopes this will highlight the significance of this threat.
“The market has been relatively slow to act to the necessary requirements for IPv6, but the stark reality is that IP addresses are diminishing rapidly, with the imminent lack of IP resources coming to the fore,” said Edwin Thompson, GM for Infrastructure and Technology at MTN Business.
Demand for Internet connectivity is on-going, with mobile phones most likely being the next big consumers of IP address space. With the current IPv4 standard, the Internet cannot accommodate such growth. The problem is that IPv4 uses 32-bit addressing and can only support 4.3 billion devices directly connected to the Internet at the same time.
According to Gartner there were over 1 billion personal computers in use in 2008, with the number expected to reach 2 billion in 2014. Additionally, there are around 5 billion mobile phones in the world many of which are used to access the Internet every day, especially in emerging markets like Africa where fixed-line access is scarce. Also taking into account the iPads, Kindles and other devices that access the Web, 4.3 billion IP addresses is no longer adequate.
At the end of 2010 only 5% of the IP v4 address space remained free, as opposed to 10%, 10 months ago. From this we can see that at the current rate of consumption, we will run out of IP addresses in the not too distant future.
“MTN Business understands this and in line with our approach to be catalysts for change, we not only support this day, but the concept and transparency required to move our customers toward IPv6,” concludes Thompson.