Internet Service Provider (ISP) Liquid Telecom is raising the alarm over the impending lack of more Internet Protocol (IP) address to be issued out to devices across Africa. The running out of IP address could happen as soon as the year 2017. It could also mean a slowdown in Africa’s digital growth.
In simpler explanations, an IP address it to a smartphone/laptop/computer (any internet device) what a phone number is to a phone. Just the way you dial a particular number to call a certain contact, the IP address serves as the equivalent of a phone number when a device connects to the internet and wants to send or receive certain information.
The continent of Africa is currently using the older IPv4 IP addressing system. However, there is a newer and better IP addressing system, IPv6 that is currently in use in the developed parts of the world. Liquid Telecom says Africa is the only continent still using the old IPv4 addresses. The company now warns that Africa is about to exhaust all possible IP addresses on the IPv4 system. The continent could reach the …read more
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