Out of IP addresses!

By 2011, India will run out of Internet Protocol addresses! Business Standard reports that the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) had 4.3 billion IP version 4 (IPv4) addresses of which, 68% have already been allocated and 13% are unavailable due to technical issues.

Although the internet penetration in India is low, the web in the country is running out of the Internet Protocol addresses. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) had 4.3 billion IP version 4 (IPv4) addresses of which, 68 percent have already been allocated and 13 percent are unavailable due to technical issues.

The Indian IT industry is yet to gear up for the IP version upgrade. Sify Technologies, Reliance Communications (RCom) and Bharti Airtel are some of the ISPs working on this front. "The important thing is to create awareness among Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on the need to migrate to the new format. A lot of work has to be done, like configuring systems and putting equipment in place that supports the new format," says P K Saji, Senior Vice President (Global Infrastructure Operations), Sify Technologies. He also points out that a further delay would make it difficult for ISPs and enterprise users to seamlessly migrate to IPv6.

What is an IP address?

  • A numerical identification of a company’s name that the web understands.
  • Used to trace the origin of an email, malicious worms or location of a defamatory website or blog

What is IPv6?

IP version 6 (IPv6) is the next version that supports a total of 16 billion IP addresses

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) urged the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) that:

“The fast growth of Internet and likely migration towards NGN (next generation networks) will require IPv6 addresses. In this background, the creation of a National Internet Registry (NIR) is urgently required”.

The roadmap ahead

  • The Indian IT industry, however, is yet to acknowledge the need for IPv6.
  • It is very important for TRAI to create awareness about this among ISPs.

The migration could prove fatal unless there is a proper migration process in place. The Indian IT industry is yet to gear up for this migration. A whole lot of systems need to be configured and equipment needs to be put in place supporting IPv6.

(Source: Business Standard)

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