How many IPs do we have left?

Only 14% of IP addresses are left, which is estimated to be used in 811 days which is around 2 years!!

IPv4 Exhaustion counter
IPv4 Exhaustion counter

Does that mean the Internet as we know it will stop growing? yes exactly, if we ran out of IP addresses you can not connect your new game console, phone, notebook, etc… to the Internet.

Scientists has found many solutions to delay this problem, including “classless network”, and NAT, which allowed us to use the IP address space more efficiently.

The solution: IPv6

IPv6 solve many problems with the current standard IPv4, the most important one is IP address exhaustion, it has been their since 1996, and it has address space enough to give an IP address to every centimeter on earth.

The world wide adoption of IPv6 isn’t fast enough. With only 2 years to total IP address exhaustion, we should start moving now, and fast as we can.

Most network devices and operating systems already support IPv6, but unfortunately not many Internet provider support IPv6 connectivity.

In Saudi Arabia, no data provider including STC, Bayanat, ITC, nor any other service provider provide IPv6 service, I am not even sure if they have any plan to do it.

So what can we do, call them and ask about it, send them emails, blog about it, Saudi Arabia Internet usage is booming and IPv6 could be the only way to ensure it growth.

4 thoughts on “How many IPs do we have left?”

  1. i think saudinet currently have 0.5M IPv4 which is too low for saudi arabia. the problem will araise if they request more, the other ISPs can’t grow or take customers from saudinet because they can’t get IPs easily

  2. One more problem that in the next year everybody will order more than they need as a reserve, which will make IP ranges go much faster.

  3. The IP address space is down to just 12% with 534 M IP adresses or 32 blocks left. see http://www.potaroo.net/tools/ipv4/index.html
    One of the most obvious and easily quantifiable incentives of the move to IPv6 is the growth and the continuity of the Internet and then the run to the bank for the remaining address space as it will be needed to have a secure dual stack transtion which is the most secure transtion and will be unfortunately the rich man’s transition. All others will tunnel which is not secure making it the poor man’s transition. Even the transtion will aggravate the digital divide between the haves and have-nots in terms of security. The IPv6 Forum knew this problem 10 years ago and pushed ISPs to move earlier to manage a secure transtion, but it takes patience and passion to make this happen.

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