The number of Internet users globally has increased by over 500% since 2002, and that growth is accelerating. But it is not just the number of users but also the number of devices connected to the internet each user has. Televisions, PCs, smartphones, tablets all require unique IP addresses when connected to the Internet.
This is why the IPv4 address range is running out and the world is moving to IPv6 (to watch our explanation of IPv6 in 60 seconds, click here). IPv6 will ensure that everything that needs an IP address with have one. Where IPv4 accommodates around 4.3 billion addresses, IPv6 has the capacity to provide every IPv4 address with its own internet’s worth of IPv4 addresses.
IANA, the authority which hands out IP address ranges,will exhaust IPv4 address space this year and IPv4address ranges are already exhausted in some regions including Asia. This means that people are moving to IPv6 now and if your organisation’s Internet Connection isn’t IPv6 ready then it will be cut off from IPv6 connected users.
BT’s Internet Connect UK product is now not only the market leading service but also one of the first services which is IPv6 ready for new connections. Every business should be looking at the Internet as part of their business strategy either to use the ever growing cloud based services on offer or as a means to reach customers in a cost effective manner.
The internet marketplace is in the middle of an explosive growth cycle with the value of online sales in the UK forecast to reach £56bn by 2014. Your internet connection is one of the most important services an organisation purchases, can any organisation afford to use a service which is already cut off from a growing section of the market place?
Internet Connect UK isn’t just about IPv6, it’s already market leading because we understand the importance of delivering an unrivalled high speed, quality service. Our Internet Connect UK service is a fully managed service with a 100% service level agreement because we understand that 99% just isn’t good enough. A service which can flex at short notice to meet your changing requirements. A service with additional security options to prevent malicious attacks, which can cripple organisations of any size.