LATAM gets ready for IPv6 migration
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 02 September 2014
After the Internet Address Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC) warned that the region was running out of IPv4 addresses, most of the organisation's members are now ready to migrate to IPv6.

According to a study conducted by Merco Plus Latin America, 70% of LACNIC members expressed satisfaction with the IPv4 plan prepared by the organisation, which has implemented policies that limit the assignment of IPv4 resources once the 4,194,302 Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) threshold has been reached.

Since it was created in 2002, LACNIC has assigned more than 182 million IPv4 addresses throughout the region.

"Nearly three-quarters of member companies, particularly those that are small or medium-sized, have not yet developed any strategies in relation to this process," the study noted. According to the survey, however, the region will soon implement this technology, as 72% of the organisations that have not yet been assigned IPV6 resources are planning to deploy the new protocol.

Of the companies that have not yet requested IPv6 addresses, 21% are planning to do so within the next six months, 31% within the next 12 months, 17% within the next 18 months, and 32% within the next 24 months.

The IPv4 exhaustion phase means there are less than four million addresses for the region, around half of which will be probably assigned during the transition phase, in blocks of limited sizes (assignments) comprising between 256 and 1,024 IP addresses. Once these two million IPv4 addresses are exhausted, LACNIC members will no longer be able to receive any IPv4 assignments.