There has been so much FUD lately about whether or not Verizon Wireless has run out of IPv4 Static IP Addresses. The root of the problem is that Verizon Wireless issued a formal, published statement on March 8th, 2017 letting their clientele and partners know that Verizon would stop issuing any new IPv4 Static IP addresses on June 30th, 2017 due to lack of availability. See that announcement here.
Since many businesses and government agencies that use the Verizon Wireless network for M2M communications absolutely require IPv4 Static IP Addresses and cannot make the move to IPv6 addressing, this came as a shocking wake up call–even though since the early 2000s networking professionals have wrung their hands about the fact that the addresses are finite and would some day run out. So is June 30th IPv4 Static IP Armageddon for users of the nation’s top network? The answer is “no.”
Since the March 8th announcement, several Verizon Wireless sources have confirmed that large blocks of IPv4 Static IP addresses have been located, and are available. That said, like any finite resource, how long they last is directly related to how quickly they are consumed. Go figure. The end is nigh, although the exact date is now unclear to anyone, I believe.
What is the antidote to this problem? A Private Network is. Verizon Wireless and other top-tier carriers are absolutely shepherding their clientele to the security of Private Networks–which also have enough IPv4 Static IP Addresses for today and the future. In addition, innovative, client-centric companies–like mine–have also invested in ways to ensure that their clients do not lose sleep at night about the IPv4 Static IP address crisis. At USAT Corp., we do that by ensuring that ANY client large or small, has access to a Private Network without all the expense, time investment, long deployment schedules and technical expertise that has historically kept the barriers to entry very high. Read about how we do that, here. On a different front, there are also emerging software defined networking options that are very interesting and worth reading up on as they bring networking into a “GUI in the Cloud.” In closing, savvy members of the M2M/IOT ecosystem that use the public carriers networks for data transmissions AND require IPv4 Static IP Addresses have been gifted a little more time to plan on what their next move will be. Time to buckle down and do the research and make some proactive decisions.