EU sets ambitious IPv6 target

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The European Commission is pushing for 25 per cent of the bloc's government bodies, industry and public to switch to IPv6 by 2010, amid warnings that the current IPv4 protocol is fast running out of net addresses.

Doom-mongers have said for years that a shortage of the current generation of addresses will soon limit the growth of the internet unless ISPs and governments make a concerted effort to encourage upgrades. About 16 per cent of the 4.3 billion total IPv4 numbers remain available.

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