Written by Staff Writer
05 Jan, 2016 | 7:29 am
Efforts to convert net users to a new addressing scheme have hit a key milestone.
The novel scheme is needed to help the net support more users and many more smart devices and gadgets.
Now more than 10% of net users are visiting websites using the new system, statistics suggest.
Called IPv6, the protocol replaces an the older version whose pool of addresses is almost depleted.
The figures were gathered by search giant Google, which monitors how people reach its services.
The adoption of IPv6 around the world is patchy, as some nations have deployed it widely while others have ignored it.
Belgium tops the table of most enthusiastic IPv6 adopters, as 44.3% of people in that country can use it to get at Google and other IPv6 sites.
Adoption in the US is 25.6% and the UK 2.95%.
The net has grown largely on the back of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), which can support a total of four billion addresses.
But the massive growth of the net has meant almost all of these older identifiers have now been used up.
Everything connected to the net needs an address to ensure that data reaches the right destination.
The basic syntax of Internet Protocol version 6 was first agreed 20 years ago, but only in December 2015 did use of it hit 10%, according to Google’s figures.
Mobile networks are among the biggest users of IPv6, because most modern smartphones are equipped for it.
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