Internet will run out of IP addresses by 2010, warns Vint Cerf

Jessica Salter
London Telegraph
Thursday, Sept 25, 2008

The "father of the internet" has warned that the web is running out of addresses and users need to act now to change to a new system.

Vint Cerf, the man who helped invent the system and one of the world's leading computer scientists, said that the web does not have enough unique codes that allow computers to communicate with each other.

He said that when the internet protocol (IP) addresses do run out, the connectivity of the internet will be damaged and some computers will not be able to go online.

"This is like the internet running out of telephone numbers and with no new numbers, you can't have more subscribers," he said

Preparations had to be made now, he said, to switch addresses to a new system.

When the internet was founded in 1977 there were 4.2 billion addresses available under the internet protocol version four (IPv4) system.

Each of the IPv4 addresses has a series of 32 binary numbers, but with the rapid expansion of broadband across the world, it is estimated that these addresses will run out by 2010.

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