CHINA'S TEEMING MILLIONS rushing to get online will exhaust its available network addresses by 2011, according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).
CNNIC projects that the country will run out of available IPv4 addresses within about 830 days at the current rate of new Internet connectivity demand.
Li Kai, CNNIC international director of IP business, said that further expansion of China's network operators will become impossible once all assigned blocks of IPv4 addresses are allocated to end-users.
Li said that IPv6 networking provides unrestricted IP addressing space, but IPv6 networks have so far been installed only at educational institutions in China. Transitioning Chinese Internet infrastructure to IPv6 networks can alleviate the looming addressing shortage, but that will require China's Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to spend a lot of time and money.
CNNIC is hosting seminars with the country's ISPs urging them to apply soon for needed IP addressing allocations and begin preparations for the future transition to IPv6 networking. µ
China Tech News
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