Internet economy

OECD resources on Internet addressing: IPv4 and IPv6


In May 2008, the OECD warned that Governments and business must tackle Internet address shortage together. In particular, governments and business needed to work together more effectively and urgently to meet the growing demand for Internet addresses and secure the future of the Internet economy by implementing IPv6. Not implementing IPv6, it warned, would impact the economic opportunities offered by the Internet with severe consequences in terms of stifled creativity and deployment of new services.

Nearly two years later, the OECD followed up on previous work by trying to assess the level of IPv6 deployment by presenting several indicators, each of which offers information on a specific aspect of IPv6 deployment and from a particular vantage point. It warns, importantly, that the Internet’s distributed nature makes measuring IPv6 deployment very challenging and necessarily limited.

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