RIPE

Europe and the West Asia
RIPE is the RIR with the most liberal transfer policies. In RIPE, legacy address blocks can be bought and sold (even partial blocks) without a needs-test and without the requirement that the recipient become a RIPE member or that the addresses lose their legacy status.

RIPE provides some services for market participants, including a list of recognized brokers and a list where buyers and sellers can post need and availability. RIPE also provides a log of all intraRIPE transfers and interregional RIPE transfers. IPTrading is a long-time recognized RIPE Broker.

IPTrading.com is also a RIPE LIR member and has access to the RIPE Transfer listing service, which is restricted to RIPE members only.

RIPE transfers can be tricky, with various requirements for the different types of addresses transferred. For example, PI transfers require an LIR sponsor, and as a RIPE LIR, IPTrading.com can assist in these cases.

RIPE addresses can be transferred to account holders at RIPE, ARIN, APNIC or LACNIC. RIPE does not charge any transfer fees, but it does restrict resale of nonLegacy transferred addresses for two years after the transfer.

RIPE

2020
November 19

Buyer creates a RIPE Account

Generally, most Buyers wishing to receive RIPE IPv4 space should set up a RIPE account online and become an LIR (ISP-type account). There are exceptions for Buyers seeking to purchase Legacy space or end-user (PI) space. The initial setup of a RIPE account can take several weeks since original, signed agreements must be mailed to RIPE headquarters in Amsterdam.

November 18

Buyer and Seller negotiate sale under guidance of Broker

Under the guidance of the Broker, Buyer and Seller negotiate the price and terms of the IPv4 sale. In most cases, Buyer and Seller will execute an Asset Purchase Agreement codifying these terms. The Asset Purchase Agreement is a legally binding document that specifies when the Buyer is to fund escrow, and to which escrow agent, when the Seller is to initiate the transfer, and when the funds are to be released from escrow to the Seller. RIPE is not involved in this step although they are aware that money often changes hands when IPv4 space is transferred.

November 17

Buyer and Seller sign Transfer Agreement

Buyer and Seller will sign a RIPE Transfer Agreement, which can be downloaded from RIPE’s website.

November 16

Seller initiates a transfer request with RIPE

The Seller enters a transfer request in their RIPE LIR portal to transfer IPv4 space to the Buyer. As part of the request, the Seller will upload the fully executed RIPE Transfer Agreement and company registration documents for both parties. This request creates a RIPE ticket number.

November 15

RIPE requests further information from Buyer and Seller

A RIPE analyst may request additional information from the Buyer or Seller, such as proof that the signer of the RIPE Transfer Agreement is authorized to sign on behalf of their company. RIPE may ask the Seller to pay their annual RIPE dues in full prior to proceeding with the transfer. RIPE may also make technical requests, asking the Seller to remove existing RIPE database objects on the transferred range or asking the Buyer to assume responsibility for them.

November 14

RIPE completes the transfer

RIPE approves and completes most transfers within a few days of receiving all necessary documentation. At this point, RIPE updates Whois and the transfer is complete.

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