08 Jun '11, 9am

Testing a new protocol: LONDON - Web companies including Google, Facebook and Akamai joined forces today to test...

LONDON - Web companies including Google, Facebook and Akamai joined forces today to test the Internet's readiness for a future in which billions more people and devices will be connected. The pool of Internet addresses used for most traffic today is near exhaustion, but adopting IPv6 - a new Internet protocol with 4 billion times as many addresses - has been slow despite the fact that it is more than a decade old. Publishers and Internet service providers have been waiting for the other to make the first move, and workarounds including translation services and address-sharing have become common. But the prospect of large numbers of modern IPv6 networks coming online - especially in the developing world where systems based on the previous protocol, IPv4, are not widespread - is beginning to push organisations into action. "What's at stake is the future scalability and utili...

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