IPv6 is the newest version of Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that provides an identification number and location for each of the world’s Internet-connected devices. As this infographic explains. if it weren’t for IPv6. the Internet would simply not be what it is today.
The Internet continues to grow and that growth will only be accommodated by IPv6 addresses. In the near future, there will be emerging populations of users and services that will be IPv6-only” – Shumon Huque, Lead Engineer for Networking & Telecommunications, University of Pennsylvania.
WHY IS IPV6 SO IMPORTANT?
Every Internet-connected device in the world has its own unique IP address, which is required for websites to know where to send information any C time we perform a search or try to access a website.
A critical point in the history of the Internet was reached in 2011 with the allocation of the last remaining IPv4 addresses from a central pool of 4.3 billion, less than 1 IP address per person worldwide. IPv6 allows provision for 34o trillion trillion trillion IP addresses.
An insufficient number of IP addresses to meet global demand would have caused web programmes to shut down and computers to encounter great difficulty communicating with one another.