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Global IPv6 Strategies: From Business Analysis to Operational Planning by Fred Wettling, Ciprian Popoviciu, Patrick Grossetete

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Conclusion

At the start of this project in 2006, the exhaustion date for the global IPv4 address space was hotly debated, with some studies identifying a 2009 date and others a 2035 date or even later. By the time we completed writing the book in early 2008, the two principal estimates converged, and we arrived at an exhaustion time frame of 2010 to 2012. That assumes, of course, that the industry “behaves nicely” and there is no market rush to subscribe the latest pieces of the IPv4 address space. If you are involved in IT communications, you must appreciate the fact that, regardless of the precise exhaustion date, two to three years represents a short time when it comes to planning and rolling out a new networking protocol. The last thing you ...

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