Cox Communications is conducting active Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) trials with Cox Business customers and plans to extend the trials to its residential product line in the future.

The current Internet address schema (IPv4) is approaching its limits. IPv6 has a robust address space and consists of 128 bits as compared to 32 bits in IPv4 – resulting in approximately 340 undecillion (5 x 10(38)) IPv6 addresses versus the 4.2 billion available through IPv4.

IPv4 is expected to reach its limit in 2012, when all Internet customers must begin slowly migrating their devices and content to IPv6. Cox’s core network is fully IPv6 compliant and the company is transitioning the network edge and support infrastructure to meet customer demand.

"Cox’s dual-stack IPv6 deployment allows customers the ability to continue leveraging their current IPv4 capability while incrementally adding the IPv6 support required for the next generation of network devices and applications," said Jason Weil, principal architect, Cox Communications, in a statement.

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