In Pictures: Why the Internet needs IPv6

Explosive growth of Internet users, devices, apps creates demand for more IP addresses

How many Internet users are there globally?

When explaining the inevitability of IPv6, proponents point out that IPv4 has 4.3 billion addresses but the world population exceeds 7 billion. The logic goes that at some point we will run out of IPv4 addresses if everyone on the planet is going to get connected to the ‘Net. Even today, with more than 2 billion Internet users worldwide, the Internet has reached just 32% penetration.

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