Starting in 2013, China will begin testing Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), an upgrade from their current IPv4, to increase overall internet use throughout the country. Currently the country has used up almost all of the IP addresses in IPv4 and IPv6 will increase the pool of available addresses so that more devices can connect directly to the internet and increase the availability of domain names. The large scale expansion is set to be deployed in 2014 or 2015.
So what does this mean for domain investors? Simply put, the internet is growing in China. As of last year, China has 278 million addresses available on IPv4. There are currently 450 million internet users in China. This upgrade will increase internet availability and more users/traffic will only make quality Chinese domains more valuable. This is great news for those interested in domain investing in one of the hottest up and coming markets out there. As a consultant on Chinese domains that I recently spoke with put it, “China is behind the U.S., but if you can get into the trends, you will make a lot of money”.
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