Consurmenrs and bring-your-own-device proponents stand to benefit from IPv6 as the next Internet Protocol version will enable mobile devices to access Internet sites as well as send and receive messages faster, according to a panel of IPv6 experts who spoke at the International Consumer Electronics Show.
With IP addresses in the old IPv4 all but dried up, much of the thrust towards IPv4 adoption has been centered on enterprise requirements and transition pain points.
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However, the panel said, users of today’s popular handsets such as the iPhone 5, iPad 3, the Samsung Tab, Samsung Galaxy S III and even the upcoming BlackBerry
10 phones will benefit from IPv6 implementation.
Each of these devices requires an IP address which has become a scarce commodity in the IPv4 world. This has resulted in Internet and mobile service providers using IPv4 to ration out private IP addresses to subscribers only on a temporary basis. Without a continuous IP address, device apps need to keep telling the carriers that the temporary address is still in use. This consumes battery life and network capacity.
But with IPv6’s virtually unlimited IP address supply, said Latif Ladid, president of the IPv6 Forum, each person could potentially have 4.3 billion IP addresses. If each device is able to obtain its own unique IP address, the network traffic could be avoided.
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