The Internet Address Registry of Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC) announced this Wednesday that it granted “the reservation of the last available block of IPv4 addresses”, which allow devices to be connected to the network, and called for accelerating the deployment of the following technology called IPv6.
Protocol addresses known as IPv4 are assigned to cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other smart devices to connect to the Internet. Telephone companies, among others, reserve these addresses so that they can later be provided to their users and customers.
For years LACNIC has been warning about the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses and urging the transition to a more modern protocol, IPv6, whose number of possibilities is much broader.
But technically it involves significant costs, so many companies have not started this process of change, and the addresses are exhausted.
LACNIC, which has assigned 189.3 million IPv4 addresses to more than 11,200 organizations and companies in Latin America and the Caribbean, emphasized its call to “accelerate the deployment of IPv6 on its networks and accelerate the growth of the Internet” in the region.
“In the first half of August the number of average assignments doubled, which brought forward the projected date for depletion,” he warned.
In the future, LACNIC will only be able to assign IPv4 addresses that are not being used and that will be returned.