IP Addresses: The New Commodity
Today’s internet employs IPv4 addresses, which are the fundamental building blocks used in identifying internet devices. There are 232 possible values for this numerical form, and while this translates to a staggering number at approximately 4.3 billion, it is finite. That end is near.
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) allocated the last of these 4.3 billion IPv4 addresses to the 5 regional internet registries (RIR) in January 2011. The schedule below projects the depletion dates of these RIRs’ inventories:
Regional Internet Registry Depletion Dates
- August 2011 Asia Pacific (APNIC)
- May 2012 Europe and Middle East (RIPE)
- March 2013 North America (ARIN)
- July 2015 Africa (AFRINIC)
- December 2016 Latin America (LACNIC)
The next-generation IPv6 is slated to arrive down the road, but at a high cost to entities that will have to (re)configure their infrastructures to support this new technology. In the meantime, the demand for IPv4 will exceed supply, creating a natural marketplace between sellers– who may be unknowingly harboring a stash of unused or excess IPV4 addresses that could be easily monetized in a private sale or silent auction—and buyers who may find paying for IPv4 assets outright a more cost-effective strategy than waiting for IPv6.
IP4Group is a high-tech consulting firm specializing in matching buyers with sellers of dwindling IPV4 address resources. We deliver technical, legal, and marketing expertise to help clients facilitate the sale, lease, or purchase of these commodities in one seamless, pain-free transaction. Whether your organization needs assistance in capitalizing on your excess IP addresses or in filling a void of the same, our team can offer a customized solution to meet your objective. Our company is founded by professionals with direct experience in the precedent-setting $7.5M Nortel-Microsoft sale of IP addresses. Our mission is bridging the IP address gap.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s begin a conversation about how we can help you divest or acquire this commodity in these pioneering stages of an emerging market.