China may soon run out of internet IPv4 addresses, according to the China Internet Network Information Centre. They say that under the current allocation speed, they have only 830 days left until they have no more addresses if no action is taken by then – meaning anyone thinking of getting on to the internet 27 months (or 2 years and 3 months) later will not get any internet access.
However, the director in charge of controlling the IP addresses, Li Kai, has said that they will upgrade to the new IPv6 – which only some ISPs have done so far (like Internode), but this has only been used among educational websites in China. To actually use the new protocol, operators would need to spend a lot of time and money to upgrade, while still having IPv4 on until all of the internet switches to IPv6.
So operators: apply for the remaining IP addresses NOW!!!