Expert: Azerbaijan will not to face acute shortage of IP resources

Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 25 / Trend H.Valiyev /

Azerbaijan doe not need urgent transition from Internet Protocol IPv4 to the new protocol IPv6, Information Problems Research Center Head Yashar Hajiyev told Trend.

Hajiyev said Azerbaijan has not yet been facing an acute shortage of IP resources in contrast to countries where this question is already gaining relevance. The process of transition to the new protocol in Azerbaijan can only come from considerations of innovation, which can only be welcomed, he said.  

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) reported that the address space of the Internet is rapidly running out. Based on the report, there would be a severe shortage of available IP-addresses in the next couple of years. Today, only about nine percent of IP-addresses is free on the Internet and to avoid shortage of IP addresses, ICANN considers necessary the introduction of IPv6, which supports the addressing of many trillions of Web sites, compared to 32 billion nodes in the current version of IPv4.

"The talks on the transition to IPv6 have been launched in 2002. Nevertheless, ICANN's new initiative to expand the generic top-level domain (gTLD), which will update and change the system of Internet addresses, also gains relevancy. Today ICANN is considering the possibility of introducing up to 250 new gTLD names that may become a powerful tool to eliminate the deficit in the domain names," Hajiyev said.

The question of introduction of new IPv6 protocol remained on the agenda of ICANN. The transition to the new protocol will not be instantaneous, and it must reach the required level of proliferation for IPv6 to become the main protocol in the Internet.

IPv6 protocol is focused on high-speed networks and data transfer of large volumes, which will not physically be possible to administer the protocol IPv4. The transition to IPv6 may create some difficulties for providers that have a Dial up service.

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