Last weekend we met the end of the last few remaining blocks of IPv4 addresses. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority has handed out it’s last set of fresh IPv4 addresses to regional registries. This means no more brand new IPv4 addresses are available any more and only the existing block owners will be able to resell their stock of addresses. What remains to be seen is if a certain group will try to monopolize the IPv4 market with their stock of addresses within the next few years. This will depend on how quickly organizations will upgrade their networks for IPv6. IPv4 and IPv6 addresses and networks will have to coexist for quite some time until the existing internet infrastructure is updated. Will it be something like the Y2K for the internet? Let’s wait and see.
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