ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) today announced that it has added the IPv6 technology to its root DNS servers, enabling every person and device to grab an IP address.
The move has been prompted by growing concerns that today's system, based on IPv4, could soon become overloaded and run out of domain addresses.
IPv6 quadruples the size of the Internet address field from 32 bits to 128 bits, resulting in the potential availability of trillions of additional addresses. These will give not only every human an address but also every cell phone, refrigerator, washing machine and device that could be imaginably linked to the Internet, according to ICANN
On Tuesday, the TLDs (top level domains) of Japan and Korea (.jp and .kr) became the first to support IPv6, with France expected to follow shortly, ICANN said.