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A Wake-Up Call for the Internet

One of the key concerns that surfaces when discussing the future of IT is the imminent depletion of IPv4 addresses

Hello, from Geneva where I’ve been attending the ITU Telecom World Conference for the last few days. It’s been three years since the last show, and it’s energizing to see the ever increasing recognition as to the increased role that the network can play in improving business and change lives. While different sections of the show tend to focus on different topics, much of the discussion at the “Internet Pavilion” (hosted by ICANN, ISOC and NRO) by global leaders and attendees has been on the future of telecommunications.

One of the key concerns that surfaces when discussing the future of IT is the imminent depletion of IPv4 addresses and the need to accelerate deployment of IPv6 in the wake of massive growth of IP-enabled devices. I know, I know…IPv6 discussions have been around for awhile. But here are some real eye-openers gained this week that really show that this is a topic that must be addressed much sooner than later:

  • ITU forecasts the number of mobile subscriptions to top 4.6 billion by the end of this calendar year.
  • Wireless broadband subscriptions (600 million) exceeded fixed broadband subscribers in 2008.
  • A quarter of the word’s people - approximately 1.9 billion - have access to a computer at home (not to mention the proliferation of so many other mobile and IP-based devices)

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Don Nelson is the moderator and Program Manager for the CiscoSP360 Blog. He is a member of the Service Provider marketing team at Cisco Systems, Inc. Don has more than 10 years of experience in web site development, design, information architecture, and web-based marketing. In 2008, he transitioned from webmaster to exploring and managing social media marketing for B2B.