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Latin America and the Caribbean Reach 2000 IPv6 Assignments

According to the Internet Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean, Brazil is the country with the highest levels of IPv6 adoption, while more than half of the region's organizations have already received IPv6 assignments.

Curacao, 31 October, 2013. IPv6 is the new Internet technology that is replacing the old IPv4 protocol. This month, the number of IPv6 address blocks assigned in Latin America and the Caribbean reached 2000, announced Raul Echeberría, CEO of the organization responsible for managing Internet resources in the region, during the closing ceremony of the LACNIC 20 meeting currently being held in Curacao.

According to LACNIC's technical records, Brazil leads the ranking of countries with the most IPv6 assignments, followed by Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.

During the fourth day of the LACNIC 20 event marks the 11th anniversary of this organization that has promoted the sustained and steady development of Information and Communication Technologies in our region, home to more than 10% of all Internet users. In his speech, Echeberría reaffirmed LACNIC's commitment to working towards a stable, secure, open and participatory Internet.

He also highlighted the efforts made in promoting the use of the IPv6 protocol –the future of the Internet– which, in Echeberria's words, "is growing at a steady pace throughout the region." Proof of this is the fact that more than half of the Internet organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean (55%) have already been assigned IPv6 addresses, the ultimate solution to the impending exhaustion of IPv4 due to occur in 2014.

According to Echeberría, this has been possible thanks to the work the community has always carried out in managing their IPv4 resources, which has allowed them to address this transition in a calm and responsible manner. Latin America and the Caribbean is also the region where the most IPv4 addresses are currently being assigned: more than two million IPv4 addresses are being assigned on a monthly basis.

The CEO of the Internet registry responsible for Latin America and the Caribbean called on the community to continue to further the collaborative, interactive, and coordinated experiences developed during the past 11 years to meet the new challenges facing the Internet.

Today, four out of ten Latin Americans have Internet access and over the next 30 months this number is expected to grow until reaching a penetration rate of 60%. This involves a great effort on the part of every organization working on developing the Information Society. It is estimated that by 2015 there will be 100 million new Internet users, totaling 355 million Internet users in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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