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RIPE NCC Looks to the Next 20 Years as it Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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The RIPE NCC, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia, will be discussing the future of the Internet and the impact of IPv6, as it celebrates 20 years of serving the technical community at the RIPE 64 Meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Over the past 20 years the Internet has experienced huge growth, impacting upon business and society in ways few could have predicted, and the role of the RIPE NCC has evolved to meet a range of new challenges. With another milestone on the horizon, as it approaches the full allocation of IPv4 addresses in its service region, the RIPE NCC's pioneering role continues to be instrumental for the growth and stability of the Internet.

Axel Pawlik, Managing Director of the RIPE NCC said, “The RIPE NCC has grown over the past two decades to become an internationally renowned organisation providing vital administrative and technical coordination to over 8,000 members and the Internet community at large. Our role as the world's first Regional Internet Registry has evolved through changes in the industry landscape encompassing the dot-com boom, increased interest from governments and regulators and issues of IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 adoption. As we approach exhaustion of the unallocated IPv4 address pool this year the continued work and education with the membership and wider technical community around IPv6 adoption is going to help serve another successful 20 years and beyond of Internet growth.”

The RIPE 64 Meeting takes place from 16 – 20 April in Ljubljana, Slovenia and will bring together RIPE NCC members, local governments and key players in the global and local Internet industry for discussion on policy and key technical developments related to IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 deployment.

During the opening plenary on Monday, 16 April there will be a special session dedicated to the RIPE NCC's 20th anniversary. This session will feature a trio of presentations by three of the most prominent figures in the technical coordination of the Internet: Daniel Karrenberg, Chief Scientist at the RIPE NCC; Nigel Titley, Chair of the RIPE NCC Executive Board; and Geoff Huston, Chief Scientist, APNIC, the RIR for the Asia Pacific region. The presentations, focusing on the past, present and future of RIPE NCC respectively, will take place in the plenary session of the RIPE Meeting from 17:00 (UTC+2) on Monday, 16 April. They will be available to view via live webcast from the following link:

The RIPE NCC has produced a timeline highlighting the key milestones of the past 20 years. The technical community has been encouraged to contribute by sending any suggestions for key images or milestone events which they think should be included here. The final timeline will be unveiled at the RIPE 64 Meeting in Ljubljana.

A full schedule for the regional meeting can be found online. Regular updates will also be made from the official Twitter handle @ripemeeting and using the hashtag #RIPE64.

About the RIPE NCC

Founded in 1992, the RIPE NCC is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the infrastructure of the Internet. The most prominent activity of the RIPE NCC is to act as a Regional Internet Registry (RIR) providing global Internet resources and related services to a current membership base of around 8,000 members in over 75 countries.

These members consist mainly of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecommunication organisations and large corporations located in Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia.

As one of the world's five RIRs, the RIPE NCC performs a range of critical functions including:

  • The reliable and stable allocation of Internet number resources (IPv4, IPv6 and AS Number resources)
  • The responsible storage and maintenance of this registration data
  • The provision of an open, publicly accessible database where this data can be accessed

The RIPE NCC also provides a range of technical and coordination services for the Internet community. These services include the operation of K-root (one of the 13 root name servers), the Deployment of Internet Security Infrastructure (DISI) and DNS Monitoring (DNSMON).

As a result of its established position in the Internet industry, the RIPE NCC has played an important role in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), European Union (EU) workshops and government briefings on key issues in the current Internet landscape.

More information about the RIPE NCC is available at:

Alex Bishop at Racepoint Group UK

Tel: +44(0)2088 112 474

Email: [email protected]