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Be Broadband has allayed fears that the internet is 'full' or running out of IP addresses.

The internet service provider (ISP) explained that the situation is "not so dramatic" as some reports may have suggested, as it is just the supply of IPv4 addresses that is running out.

This will force ISPs to embrace the next Internet Protocol version IPv6 – forcing them to upgrade networks, hosting mechanisms and websites – but by no means signals the end of the web as we know it.

Be Broadband revealed that concerns over the changes had triggered a series of queries from customers about the future of their broadband deals.

"Work is underway in our network to enable IPv6 and we're currently planning internal tests to understand the impact on our network and customers," the ISP stated.

"After that testing is complete later this year we'll be able to finalise our rollout plans and share them with you."

Mark Heraghty, Managing Director at Virgin Media Business, recently claimed that the migration from IPv4 to IPv6 addresses merely represents the evolution of the internet.

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