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Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) - a replacement to the existing IPv4 system - launched at 00:01 GMT on Wednesday.
Networking giant Cisco predicts that by 2016, 18.9 billion internet-enabled devices will be online. Switching to IPv6 means trillions of possible addresses can now be made.
To ensure a smooth transition, and to make sure devices do not stop working, both systems will work side-by-side for the next few years.
"Most users shouldn't notice anything," said Leo Vegoda from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the Internet address system.
ok so can i finally go dust off my 9 year old IPV6 books now?
Why 2 colons?
Anyone care to explain the weird look to the new addresses?