CANARIE Extends Next-Generation Internet Protocol

[Ottawa, Ontario, May 11, 2010]  The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is predicting that Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses, which have been used to connect computers and other devices to the Internet, will run out by 2012. This is due to the proliferation of devices — cell phones, cars, appliances, watches — that require an IP address.

CANARIE is improving support for the IPv6 protocol, where the addressing capacity will be several orders of magnitude greater since it uses 128 bits to assign IP addresses, rather than the 32 bits available with IPv4.