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Global IPv4 Transfers Declining

It has been a few months since we have commented on IPv4 transfer trends and we thought it would be interesting to determine, after transfers fell between 2015 and 2016, whether the reduction in transfers continued.  So, we ran the numbers. Noting that the 2017 data is for 9 months, and not a full year,...
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The Future of IPv4

I would like to start by discussing IPv4 prices. My view is that the IPv4 price curve is shaped like a hill, as illustrated in Figure 1 above. Initially, there was a large IPv4 supply, which was a period of time best for the buyer, as prices were low. As time wore on, the number of available IPs...
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RIPE 71 IPv4 Report

There were three presentations of interest to me at the RIPE 71 meeting in Bucharest, Romania and some interesting information from the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) updates. The first presentation was by Geoff Huston, the Chief Scientist at APNIC. He compared the IPv6 failure rate to the IPv4 failure rate. In general both are improving over...
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IPv4 Transfer Activity Since ARIN Run Out

I thought it would be interesting to look at what is happening with IPv4 Transfer Activity since the ARIN run out. In late June, ARIN announced it would not be able to fill a request for IPv4 addresses, and for all intents and purposes, this was the start of ARIN run out. Chart 1.  Total #...
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Large ARIN IPv4 Transfers

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, IPv4 Market Group  discussed Merck’s transfers of IPs to Amazon Web Services with the author, Robert McMillan. This data is readily available in the ARIN transfer registry. Other large transfers outlined in this registry include the following: These large block transfers will continue as ARIN runout occurs.
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Lessons Learned from the IPv4 Transfer Market

The IPv4 purchase process can be quite complex. As an IPv4 buyer, it is imperative to conduct due diligence, and understand the correct questions to ask, in order to ensure an efficient transaction that meets your business needs. Start pre-approval process prior to the commercial process. In ARIN and APNIC regions, you must engage in...
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IPv4 Seller Beware

There are a lot of reasons to perform due diligence on an IPv4 Broker.  There are the normal business reasons, like ensuring the broker is insured, can handle the currencies involved, and can deliver on the sale. However, there are some subtleties that you, as a seller should be aware of.  Some brokers just don’t...
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The APNIC Transfer Market

In general APNIC’s market is less robust than expected, with 3.75 million IPv4 addresses transferred in 2014, versus almost 10 million in RIPE region. Why is there this difference? It would seem the major region is the economies. When one examines the number of IPs transferred by country, one sees haves versus the have-nots.  ...
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2014 IPv4 Market in Review

Well, another year has gone by, and ARIN has not run out of free IP’s! In my 2014 year end review, I will begin by talking about ARIN runout, summarize the transfer markets and pricing, and close with projections on the future for the transfer market. ARIN’s continuing free supply is relatively good for companies...
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Paying for IPv4 Addresses

IPv4 Market Group is frequently asked how a buyer can pay a seller for IPv4 addresses.  In the early days of IPv4 transfers, in 2011-12, IPv4 transfers were less common than today, and IPv4 transfer participants felt some uncertainty about both the commercial and legal aspects of an IPv4 transaction. Today, with hundreds of transactions...
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