A new era for the Internet: The central pool of IPv4 Internet addresses has been depleted
February 03, 2011
Montevideo, February 2011 - The Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address Registry (LACNIC) announces that the central pool of IPv4 addresses administrated by the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) has finally been depleted, triggering the unavoidable process of transitioning to the new Internet protocol. In accordance with the global policy agreed upon by the Internet community in every region, the last available IPv4 address blocks were allocated today, one to each of the five Regional Internet Registries (RIR) around the world.
In the region of Latin America and the Caribbean, the work of LACNIC and the participation of the community have generated adequate policies that ensure current protocol addresses will be available to guarantee a proper transition to the new version of the Internet protocol, called IPv6.
"This is a historic day in the life of the Internet, one we have been expecting for some time", said Raúl Echeberría, Executive Director of LACNIC. "IPv6 is the future of the Internet. IPv4 addresses from the ICANN central stock are now depleted. From now, we must limit ourselves to our regional stock ", he added.
IPv6 is the new generation of the Internet protocol and is essential for the Internet to continue to grow in the next decades.
The explosive growth of the Internet has generated a huge demand for available blocks of IP addresses – a unique number assigned to each device connected to a network – and this has forced the creation of a new protocol to allow the expansion of the World Wide Web.
Since its creation, LACNIC has provided information, trained experts and promoted actions with the aim that measures be adopted at public and private level to effectively adopt the IPv6 protocol. Current availability of IPv4 resources allows LACNIC to continue to work with the region's Internet service providers, governments, companies, and end users so that the new Internet protocol can be seamlessly adopted.
Every Internet stakeholder must now take concrete measures within their scope to enable the effective deployment of IPv6 in our region", concluded Echeberría.
LACNIC (www.lacnic.net) is the organization responsible for administrating Internet addresses in Latin America and the Caribbean and its mission is to promote Internet development and stability in the region.