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Future Internet gets boost, courtesy of IPv6!

Use of the IPv6 Internet Protocol has more than doubled in the last year, ensuring that the Internet can continue to meet growing demand from users across the world. The boost comes from IPv6 increasing the number of Internet addresses, enabling more computers and other devices to be connected online.

Published on June 06, 2013

The Internet Protocol (IP) is used by all computers and other IT devices that are connected to the Internet, and the increased usage of the latest version, IPv6 allows for its continued growth. This is the third consecutive year in which IPv6 use has doubled. If current trends continue, more than half of Internet users around the world will be IPv6-connected in less than 6 years.

IPv6 is the successor to the Internet Protocol, IPv4, which was running out of room for new addresses. IPv6 offers many technological advantages, which are likely to have a significant impact in network security and online business development.  IPv6 will be a key driver for many new mobile and wireless applications and services, and  is an essential technology for implementing ambient intelligence or the ‘Internet of Things’ that enables electronic devices to communicate with each other.

ENISA is a long standing advocate of IPv6 .

In 2009, ENISA became the first EU Agency to roll out IPv6.

View the infographic about how the world has changed since World IPv6 Launch began.

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