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Each device on the internet has its own IP unique number. The current IP4 space in internet technology will be used fully within 2 years. The main reason behind this suddenly enormous demand for IP numbers is the tremendously growth of internet ( in China. Is IP6 there each cellular/mobile phone will gets its own IP number (necessary for videocalling, which will be peer to peer handled) and telco providers will get a new role (just being wireless layer delivering companies, with as much additional services they can sell, but customers who will act mostly independently -more peer to peer model focused- to their wireless layer provider). The worlds IP number space can be widened by use of the IP6 protocol (16 characters: x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x) instead of the IP4 protocol (4 characters: x.x.x.x). The IP4 to IP6 switch is a good example that major changes only will be executed when it's needed and not a day earlier, that's the way things go, on micro level and also on macro level. IP-numbers are an example of virtual resources. Just like the DNS (domain name system: internet name to internet number) system and the global AS database (routing tables to each individual Autonome System -network- on the internet that are used by the BGP -Border Gateway Protocol- protocol, waarmee netwerken en routers/exhanges/peerings met elkaar verbonden zijn).

Author: Gijs Graafland

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