LATAM, Caribbean running out of IP adresses
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 13 June 2014
Latin America and the Caribbean have entered the IPv4 exhaustion phase, says the Internet Address Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC), the organisation responsible for assigning Internet resources in the region.

LACNIC has announced the exhaustion of its IPv4 address pool and expressed concern regarding the delay in the deployment of Internet Protocol version 6 (Ipv6). The organisation reported that its pool of available IPv4 addresses reached the 4,194,302 mark, and that this has triggered stricter Internet resource assignment policies for the continent, meaning in practice new IPv4 addresses will be rationed for Latin American and Caribbean operators.

"This is an historic event; the fact that it was anticipated and announced doesn't make it any less significant," said Raúl Echeberría, LACNIC's CEO. "From now on, LACNIC and its National Registries will only be able to assign very small numbers of IPv4 addresses, and these will not be enough to satisfy our region's needs."

Since it began operating in 2002, the organisation has assigned more than 182 million IPv4 addresses throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

"The need to deploy IPv6 is now more pressing than ever. It cannot be delayed any longer if connectivity providers still wish to meet the demands of their customers and those of new users. LACNIC and the Internet community have been working for years in preparation for this very moment," said Echeberría.

Around half of the remaining four million addresses may be assigned during the transition phase, in blocks of limited sizes (assignments) comprising between 256 and 1,024 IP addresses. Likewise, an organisation may only request additional resources six months after receiving a prior assignment. Once these two million IPv4 addresses are exhausted, LACNIC members will no longer be able to receive any IPv4 assignments