With today’s celebration of World IPv6 Launch 2012, the Internet is doing something new: growing. And that growth comes none too soon as the rise of the Internet of Things places unprecedented new demands on worldwide Internet infrastructure.

Google, Yahoo and Facebook are among the leaders in the growing charge to adopt the critically needed Internet addressing system known as IPv6, which is generally reagarded as the only viable solution for the stagnation of the Internet.

World IPv6 Launch 2012 brings together “major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers and Web companies around the world… to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services,” starting today.

Here’s why, by the numbers

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Stuart S.

Stuart is Technical Director and Managing Director at Waqa Studios.