It is estimated that in three years time the addresses available for
connecting to the Internet under the current protocol will be
depleted. Faced with this situation, LACNIC is taking measures for
supporting and promoting the adoption of IP version 6 within the region.
June 20, 2007 - Montevideo.-
As a response to the forecasts prepared by several investigators
indicating that by the year 2011 the central pool of version 4 (IPv4)
Internet addresses could be completely depleted, LACNIC announces it
is launching a regional campaign so that all the region’s networks
will be adapted to the new version 6 of the protocol (IPv6) before
January 1st, 2011.
"It is a fact that IP addresses based on the current version of the
protocol (IPv4) will be exhausted in the short term; it is estimated
that less than 18% of the total number of IP version four addresses
are still available,” said LACNIC’s Executive Director, Raúl
Echeberría. He also noted that companies, governments and
institutions should make the necessary previsions to adopt the
protocol version six as soon as possible.
"We do not wish to create panic, but IP version four addresses are on
the way to depletion. Therefore, we recommend preparing regional
networks as soon as possible for using the Internet protocol version
six. There are still many aspects that need to be decided in relation
to the consumption of IPv4 addresses that remain unutilized. The
impact of some of these decisions could allow us more time, while
others could bring IPv4 depletion date even closer. LACNIC will
periodically report to the community so that we can all be prepared,”
added Mr. Echeberría.
Mr. Echeberría also observed that, based on a decision of LACNIC’s
Board of Directors, this organization will begin a campaign
comprising events and meetings in the region aimed at promoting the
use of IPv6. This campaign will be complemented by permanently
publishing relevant information on the issue. The goal of this
campaign is that the region of Latin America and the Caribbean
completes the IPv6 adoption process before January 1st, 2011.
In order to promote the transition and adaptation of the region’s
networks, IPv6 resource allocations by LACNIC have no associated
costs. Many strategic applications, such as those utilized by
companies and government bodies, must be preserved, and awareness
must be created of the consequences of not implementing adequate
measures sufficiently in advance.
LACNIC’s Executive Director recounted the actions the institution has
undertaken since 2004, one of the culminating moments of which was
2005, a year in which the IPv6 Tour was undertaken and meetings were
held with governments and regulatory bodies of the region. “Just as
with the Y2K problem, it is necessary to become aware of the imminent
depletion of IPv4 addresses; therefore, the region must be prepared
with due anticipation".
The Internet Address Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean
(LACNIC) is an international non-profit organization, the main
function of which is to administrate the Internet numbering resources
assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean. The organization’s goal
is to achieve a responsible distribution of the available resources
and ensure equitable access for all those interested and the region’s
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