June 5, 2012 Aaron Carpenter

Internet Expansion IPv6 Launch Date June 6, 2012

When the internet was first created, each device required an address to uniquely identify it to the rest of the network and devices. These numbers serve much like the address to your house, only in this system the number must be completely unique to each device. Since the internet launch in 1983, millions more of devices require a number to identify them to the internet. At the rate we are accelerating these connections, the amount of addresses available are running low.

IPv6

IPv6 is a roll-out of a new system that provides plenty more numbers to identify devices with. 128 bits into address space, or 3.4×10^38th, or 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses.

340,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

There are already 5.5 billion mobile phones in the world, exhausting what would be available in IPv4 address space.

June 6, 2012

On June 6, 2012, the internet will roll out the new IPv6 system, and increase the amount of address space available

Major ISPs are that are involved in the roll out include:

  • AKAMAI
  • AT&T
  • CISCO
  • COMCAST
  • D-LINK
  • FACEBOOK
  • FREE TELECOM
  • GOOGLE
  • INTERNODE
  • KDDI
  • LIMELIGHT
  • MICROSOFT
  • BING
  • TIME WARNER
  • CABLE
  • XS4ALL
  • YAHOO!

Additional Reading:

World IP Launch
PCMAG.COM IPv6

ipv6

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Aaron Carpenter My name is Aaron Carpenter and I've been building web applications since 2002. Helping shape internet experiences for people to best match what their users are looking for, and creating web applications that become online tools to help manage businesses is what I love to do most.

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