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Be Broadband urges calm over IPv4

Thursday, February 10th 2011
The internet service provider said there is "no need to panic".
Be Broadband urges calm over IPv4
Be Broadband has joined rival internet service providers and industry experts in calming fears about the global shortage of IPv4 addresses.

Responding to questions from its subscribers, the O2 subsidiary insisted there is "no need to panic" over the situation, explaining it has hundreds and thousands of these addresses available in its pool so it will not be running out in the near future.

Work is already underway on internal tests to measure the impact that the introduction of IPv6 - the next generation of addresses - will have on its network, with these trials set to be completed later this year.

Once they have been concluded, Be will share the results of its studies with its customers.

These comments come after Matt McCloskey, head of applications and services at fibre optic cable broadband provider Virgin Media Business, stressed people should not get carried away at the hype regarding the end of IPv4.

"Like Y2K, the impact of IPv6 has been widely exaggerated," he remarked.

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