So it’s finally happened…

RIPE put out a press release today:

RIPE NCC Begins to Allocate IPv4 Address Space From the Last /8

14 Sep 2012

On Friday 14 September, 2012, the RIPE NCC, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia, distributed the last blocks of IPv4 address space from the available pool.

This means that we are now distributing IPv4 address space to Local Internet Registries (LIRs) from the last /8 according tosection 5.6 of “IPv4 Address Allocation and Assignment Policies for the RIPE NCC Service Region“.

This section states that an LIR may receive one /22 allocation (1,024 IPv4 addresses), even if they can justify a larger allocation. This /22 allocation will only be made to LIRs if they have already received an IPv6 allocation from an upstream LIR or the RIPE NCC. No new IPv4 Provider Independent (PI) space will be assigned.

It is now imperative that all stakeholders deploy IPv6 on their networks to ensure the continuity of their online operations and the future growth of the Internet.

In other words, for all intents and purposes, Europe (and Central Asia and the Middle East) is out of IPv4 addresses. Funnily enough, I’m actually happy that this long predicted day has arrived and we can start the next phase of IPv6 deployment.