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IPv6 in China, IT service in Shanghai

6/6 marks the official worldwide launch of IPv6.

Don't know what IPv6 is? It's essentially a system of web addresses that allow for a much larger number of internet "inhabitants" than the previous IPv4 system. (By much larger, we mean 340,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 devices can have their own address, versus the 4.3 billion of IPv4, which has already been exceeded for over a year.) Check out Google's IPv6 page for a visual explanation of why "the internet is running out of room."

In China, the China Education and Research Network Information Center launched an IPv6 network al the way back in 2004. [1] This IPv6 network is one of the largest networks of its kind in China and is used across 25 universities. [2] The government also launched the China Next Generation Internet (CNGI, 中国下一代互联网) plan to construct a solid framework for China's internet and to promote next generation technologies such as IPv6. [3] Search engine giant Baidu "already supports IPv6 traffic on the domain" but general IPv6 use is predicted to be relatively low. [4]


[1] CNET News: China launches largest IPv6 network
[2, 3] Wikipedia: IPv6 deployment and CNGI
[4] Search Engine WatchWorld IPv6 Launch: What it Means for Content Owners & SEO
Google: IPv6 FAQ and IPv6 infographics

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