Technology news: IPV6 is here

by Richard Broughton – 9th June 2011

Internet Service Provider, Plusnet, is to showcase state-of-the-art IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) technology next week, giving customers the chance to test out the new technology for 24 hours.

The campaign is designed to encourage other ISPs, web companies and hardware developers to update their systems ahead of IPv4’s expiration.

To highlight the new possibilities opened up by IPv6, there will be, among other things, a public cat feeding, where cats will be fed remotely using an IPv6 connection.

This is very new technology and it is anticipated a great many new avenues and new online experiences will be made possible once its adoption is widespread.

Richard Fletcher, chief operating officer at Plusnet, explains, “The address space used by the current version of Internet Protocol is expected to run out this year.

“There are a lot of companies doing great work in preparation for the change but without further action, we run the risk of stifling access to new web based services, which could reduce customer choice and limit functionality and access for web-users across the world.”