IPv6 essential for continued growth of the internet

September 17, 2014 · by · in Houlin Zhao, PP-14

We are living in an increasingly connected world, where technology is becoming ever-more pervasive in daily life and the next generation of networks and services are bringing unparalleled benefits and opportunities to industries such as healthcare, transport and education.

Yet technological development cannot take place without an adequate infrastructure to reinforce it; advanced Internet capacity is required to support growing demands from the Internet of Things (IoT), where tens or even hundreds of billions of devices will soon be connected to both each other and the Internet. To ensure the deployment of these technological advancements, we must establish the implementation of strengthened broadband networks to carry a higher volume of network connections, and the provision of sufficient addressing resources.

Global access to the Internet has grown 6% globally in 2014 (3.3% in developed countries, and 8.7% in developing countries). Thanks to the efforts of groups such as the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, the deployment and development of broadband networks is advancing; 140 countries have developed a national plan, strategy or policy to promote broadband, with a further 13 planning to introduce such measures in the near future. However, the current backbone of the Internet, IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4), is unable to cope with the increasing demand on addressing resources that expanded connectivity will require – an issue which is becoming more pertinent as IPv4’s address space rapidly diminishes.

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