April Fools! Alright, so maybe there’s no IPv7, and we don’t see a need for that any time soon. IPv6 provides over 340 undecillion IP addresses, 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 to be exact. That’s enough space to accommodate the expansion of the Internet to include the billions of new devices coming online with the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things, or IoT, is the network of physical devices embedded with software, sensors and connected to the Internet. Each device is uniquely identified and also IP addressable. These devices offer advanced connectivity, systems, and services that extend beyond standard machine-to-machine communications (M2M). The exponential growth of Internet connected devices has increased the consumption of IPv4 addresses to the point where nearly all have been allocated. This is where IPv6 comes in. IPv6 dramatically increased the number of IP addresses available, making the Internet of Things possible. At NTT Communications, our network was the first of its kind to offer commercially available dual-stack IPv6 transit globally back in 2001. We’ve been ready for the IoT for quite some time. You caught us, there’s no IPv7, but it’s pretty hard to beat the Internet access of IPv6.

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