ICANN To Begin Implementing IPv6

    July 22, 2004

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has begun implementing the update for Internet’s method of identifying computers that are connected to it. The new Internet Protocol, called IPv6, will increase the amount of numbers available, by an incredible margin, that are used to in the identification process.

The reason for this update is because IPv6 provides trillions more numerical addresses than the current version, IPv4. According to NewScientist.com, the identification technology has been built into some of the Internet’s master, or “root” servers, which then supply other subsidiary servers.

The upgrade is necessary because there was a growing concern that the current protocol would run out of the 4.3 billion numbers used to identify computers. An estimated 2/3rd have already been used. As stated in NewScientist, IPv6 would increase the current numeric allocation to 340 billion, billion, billion, billion numbers; a staggering increase from current amount.

According to ICANN, the newest version of Internet Protocol has been implemented for the Japan (.jp) and Korea (.kr) country code. France (.fr) will be the next country to receive the update.

Chris Richardson is a search engine writer and editor for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest search news.