New generation Internet protocol launched
ICANN, the US body managing global website allocation announced a powerful new technology which makes it possible for every human being to have an Internet address.
“This next-generation version of the Internet protocol, IPv6, provides trillions more addresses than the IPv4 system that is in use by most networks today,” the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said in a statement.
The US Department of Commerce awarded ICANN the task of coordinating the Internet’s naming and numbering system globally, and rapid growth in the use of the World Wide Web had raised fears about a future scarcity of Internet protocol addresses.
“By taking this significant step forward in the transition to IPv6, ICANN is supporting the innovations through which the Internet evolves to meet the growing needs of a global economy,” said ICANN, which is holding its six-day annual conference in Malaysia. “Every atom in the universe will now get an address. I don’t see a problem with IPv6 running short of domain addresses,” US Internet expert John Klensin told AFP. afp