Frequently Asked Questions
How are IPv4 prices determined?
Why should I use a broker to buy or sell IPv4 addresses?
If I decide to sell my IPv4 space, how do I ensure I will get paid after the transfer? If I'm buying IPv4 space, how am I protected if the IPv4 transfer fails?
How long do IPv4 transfers take?
This can vary a great deal depending on how prepared the Buyer and Seller are with the documentation requested by the registry. If all documents are in order, transfers within the RIPE region can take just a few days to a week. In ARIN or APNIC, most transfers happen within one to two weeks. In LACNIC, the time frames are much longer, often taking one to two months, due to more stringent justification requirements and the need to send hard copies of signed transfer agreements from both parties to LACNIC.
In any case, transfers can be delayed if the registry requires proof that the signer on a transfer document is authorized to sign on behalf of the Buyer or Seller, or if the selling entity has gone through a change in corporate structure that must be validated by the registry. Buyers and Sellers should also anticipate that the steps leading up to the actual IPv4 transfer could take longer than the transfer itself. These steps include price and contract negotiation as well as setup with an experienced escrow agent.
How do I know if the IPv4 block I am buying is clean?
My IPv4 block is blacklisted. Does this reduce its value?
My company has gone out of business. Can I still sell the IPv4 space that was allocated to it?
That depends. In most registries, you must show you are an “active” entity registered in your legal jurisdiction with your RIR fees paid up to date in order to transfer IPv4 space. If the addresses are still registered to your company, you are up to date on your RIR fees, and you are still legally registered in your state, province or country, you can usually transfer your IPv4 space to a Buyer.
If your company registration has lapsed, in some venues you can reinstate your registration and still sell your IPv4 space.
If your company has been involved in a merger, acquisition or other structural change, it is possible to update this through your RIR and then properly sell the IPv4 space (these policies vary among the RIRs).
In any event, the RIR will require you to affirm there is no dispute as to the status of who is the proper registrant of the addresses. Contact one of our knowledgeable brokers for a confidential review of your specific situation.
I'd like to sell my IPv4 addresses, but should I worry that my registry may take them back if it finds out I'm not using them?
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