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Wide use of new Internet system eyed

(Shanghai Daily)

16:27, December 25, 2011

CHINA targets to adopt the large-scale commercial use of the next-generation Internet system by 2015 after putting it on trial in 2013.

The next-generation Internet system, which greatly expands the capability of Internet Protocol address and improves Internet access speed, will create some globally competitive high-tech firms as well as boost the Internet economy, which in turn creates employment and fuels the domestic economy, according to a statement issued yesterday by the State Council, China's Cabinet.

The new technology, called IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6), is an upgrade of the current IPv4 whose IP addresses are about to be all used up.

The new IPv6 technology opens up a pool of Internet addresses that are a billion to trillion times larger than the total pool of IPv4 addresses and are virtually inexhaustible for the foreseeable future, experts said.

The IPv4 was developed in the early 1980s and has a capacity of just more than 4 billion IP addresses.

The new IPv6 network bandwidth can reach 2.5-10 gigabytes per second, 100 times faster than the current Internet.

The government's plan is for China, the world's biggest Internet market with about 500 million online users, to try out commercial use of the system on a small scale by the end of 2013 before expanding it in 2014 and 2015.

Chinese companies are also encouraged to develop new technologies, such as cloud computing, Internet of Things and Three Network Convergence, on the new IPv6 network.

Since 2004, the IPv6 networks have been built in some research organizations in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou for testing.

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