April 14, 2017
Global IPv4 exhaustion has created an address market. As an IPv4 address broker, we have since then helped several companies and organizations to buy and sell addresses.
All the registries responsible for handing out new addresses have long since run out of them. ARIN, the registry for the U.S., Canada and surrounding region, ran out of these addresses in 2015.
Since most migration strategies include both IPv4 and IPv6 running in parallel, companies are still looking to acquire more addresses. It’s obvious then, that this demand has resulted in an IPv4 market to emerge.
How the market gained momentum?
It all started before the world ran out of IPv4 addresses. Given that the internet protocol only had a limited number of addresses—4.3 million to be exact—it was anticipated that we will run out of it in due time.
That is when the market started to emerge.
Demand increased for the remaining addresses, and entrepreneurs found ways to make the supply possible.
At first, the major companies who first received slash eight (/8) allotments were predicted to supply unused addresses. Then, others jumped in too. Soon, it was clear that there is a substantial amount of IPv4 addresses still available for sale.
Transferring the address blocks
There was a risk of sellers artificially inflating prices in the face of growing demand. Hence, companies like Microsoft set a precedent for affordable IPv4 pricing.
The company purchased a huge allotment from Nortel Networks, back in 2011. A total of 666,624 IP addresses were bought for $7.5 million USD. The price for a single IP address was finalized at around $11.25.
What’s intriguing is that Microsoft didn’t really need to make this purchase. In fact, ARIN was still handing out addresses at that time. However, it set a price range for future IP sales.
The market today
Now that IPv4 exhaustion is a global issue, the market is thriving with the tradeoffs. The market value varies, depending on various factors such as region, demand, and number of addresses involved.
If you’re looking for IPv4 address transfers, we are here to help. You need to consider a number of factors, including an estimation of your future IPv4 needs. Even if you’re working out on a transition strategy, you’ll still need the addresses for a few more years.
Contact us today to find the best deals.
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