The Next Web reports that 6UK, a new industry group has been set-up to promote the use of the new Internet Protocol (IP) version 6 in the UK. In use since the 1970s, IPv4 is quickly running out of IP addresses which are the underlying things that make the Internet work. Every device that connects to the internet requires an IP address but IPv6 migration has mostly been treated as an academic exercise and not been widely deployed and the UK has done little to provide some sort v6 infrastructure.
“What can be done now is ISPs and Internet backbone providers can move their core networks to IPv6 and then use clever translation techniques between IPv6 in the core and IPv4 to their customers – hopefully bigger companies, universities etc will directly implement IPv6 and they can give back their IPv4 address. As the core moves across then more and more equipment vendors will also support v6 and so consumer routers and devices will also get support and then everyone can really move across.”