Net body declares unlimited addresses

ICANN, the US body managing global website allocation, has announced a powerful new technology that makes it possible for every human being to have an internet address.

    There were fears internet addresses would run out

    "This next-generation version of the Internet protocol, IPv6,

    provides trillions more addresses than the IPv4 system that is in

    use by most networks today," the Internet Corp for Assigned Names

    and Numbers (ICANN) said in a statement on Wednesday.

    The US Department of Commerce awarded ICANN the task of

    coordinating the internet's naming and numbering system globally,

    and rapid growth in the use of the world wide web had raised fears

    about a future scarcity of internet protocol addresses.

    "By taking this significant step forward in the transition to

    IPv6, ICANN is supporting the innovations through which the Internet

    evolves to meet the growing needs of a global economy," said ICANN,

    which is holding its six-day annual conference in Malaysia.

    Domain names

    "Every atom in the universe will now get an address. I don't see

    a problem with IPv6 running short of domain addresses," US internet

    expert John Klensin said.

    On the development of internationalised domain names (IDNs),

    Klensin, the former chair of the Internet Architecture Board, said

    there were serious technical problems in creating domain names in

    local language characters.

    The problems include regional variations in characters in

    languages such as Chinese and the fact that some languages such as

    Arabic are written from right to left

    .

    But Kieran Baker, ICANN's general manager said the meeting was

    expected to provide "some conclusions on how we can move forward."

    SOURCE: AFP


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