Why didn't Europe switch to IPv6?

EU Commission promotes the next generation of the Internet

It's been around the corner for years, but doesn't really want to come: IP version 6, the successor to the current version 4 of the tried and tested, but aged Internet (protocol) s. IPv6 offers several advantages, including more possible addresses. IPv4 has only provided just over 4 billion different numbers (so-called IP addresses). Given a world population of over 6 billion, that is not enough in the long run. The EU Commission fears that the previous address space will collapse as early as 2005. IPv6, on the other hand, offers 667 quadrillion addresses for every square millimeter of the earth's surface. This means that in the future every television, every refrigerator or every washing machine can have its own address without any shortages being expected.

Jokes aside: Due to the cell phone boom and the fact that in a few years (almost) every cell phone can be online via GPRS, a lot of IP addresses are actually required. In addition to more numbers, IPv6 also comes with efficient roaming mechanisms - this is important when you are abroad with your data cell phone, but still want to be reachable for e-mails or instant messaging at your "normal" IP address. The EU Commission has recognized this and consequently sees IPv6 as a prerequisite for the merging of Internet and mobile communications.

According to Commissioner Erkki, IPv6 is of central importance for the continued competitiveness of Europe. Therefore, in addition to research, politics must now also get involved. You can find more information about IPv6 on our information page on the subject.