IPv6 World Launch: Internet switches to IPv6, Trillions of new IP addresses now possible

The last time a new Internet protocol came into being was in the early 1980’s, when the Internet was still a fledgling research network. Thirty years later, the migration to a new standard, IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6).

The switch occurred at 0001 GMT Wednesday (June 6, 2012), when Internet operators switched to a new standard called IPv6 that allows for trillions of “IP” numbers or addresses, up from the current 4.3 billion.

“To ensure the Internet can continue to grow and connect billions more people and devices around the world, thousands of companies and millions of websites have now permanently enabled the next generation of Internet Protocol (IPv6) for their products and services,” the Internet Society, an advisory panel, said.

“Participants in World IPv6 Launch include the four most visited websites in the world — Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Yahoo! — as well as home router manufacturers and Internet Service Providers in more than 100 countries. By making IPv6 the ‘new normal,’ these companies are enabling millions of end users to enjoy its benefits without having to do anything themselves.”

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