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The UK is continuing to lag behind on the adoption of the IPv6 internet address standard, it has been revealed.

In a new report, the Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre has published a chart of the top 20 nations by IPv6 readiness, and the UK is notable by its absence.

Despite IPv4 addresses having almost entirely run out, and World IPv6 Launch Day scheduled for June 6th 2012, just 17.3 per cent of the UK's networks have been upgraded, reports ISPreview.co.uk.

The new standard is being rolled out due to rising internet usage around the world putting pressure on the existing system.

An IPv4 address is assigned to computers each time a user goes online, but with unique versions running out, longer IP addresses are being introduced.

Norway (49.3 per cent), the Netherlands (43.8 per cent), Malaysia (37.1 per cent), Japan (32.5 per cent) and Sweden (31.9 per cent) are best-prepared for the launch of IPv6.

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