January 31, 2011
Some people thought it would never happen, but APNIC has received the two triggering blocks in IPv4. With the assignment of these two blocks, the five remaining will be divided among each of the five regional registries. From the article:
Please be aware, this will be the final allocation made by IANA under the current framework and will trigger the final distribution of five /8 blocks, one to each RIR under the agreed "Global policy for the allocation of the remaining IPv4 address space".
After these final allocations, each RIR will continue to make allocations according to their own established policies.
APNIC, the Asian/Pacific regional registrar, has plans to dole these out over the next five years. They're also winding up with 3 /8 blocks (the two assigned, plus the one they get in the allocation agreement). The other registrars won't have as many addresses to give, and so I'm certain that they won't last so long.
Is it obvious yet?