The allocation of the final five blocks available in the central pool of IPv4 addresses marks the beginning of a new stage in Internet history: the IPv6 protocol era. This change of technology will allow an unlimited growth of the Internet, using a much more advanced and broader protocol that shows limitless connection and development possibilities, which is why the region must accompany this irreversible change of technology.
On February 3, LACNIC received the last block of IPv4 addresses assigned by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.
“When we were invited to share with the community how Telecom Argentina is experiencing the transition from IPv4 to IPv6, memories came back of how we had to explain to the "greater Company" that IPv4 – that precious resource – would be soon exhausted,” say the authors of this article.
Invited by LACNIC, Steve Crocker, one of the creators of the Internet, visited Uruguay for the first time and spoke about the main security challenges that the Internet is currently facing.
The Latin American and Caribbean community is preparing for its annual meeting, LACNIC XV, which will take place in Cancun, Mexico, on 15-20 May. More than 400 professionals representing the most important Internet companies of Latin America and the Caribbean will gather to discuss different scenarios and possibilities after the exhaustion of the central pool of IPv4 addresses. Participate in LACNIC XV and share in the experience of building the regional Internet.
On January 1st, 2011, LACNIC launched its Resource Certification System (RPKI). This plan is part of the project that LACNIC is executing for the establishment of an Internet resource certification system that will allow all members of the organization to digitally prove that they have the right to use IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
Two hundred and ninety Latin American and Caribbean experts received training during the workshops organized in 2010 by the AMPARO Project (www.proyectoamparo.net), a significant contribution for strengthening the regional Internet community so that it can face the major computer security problems that may occur in the countries of our region.