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Wednesday, 27 April 2011 10:25

Black market for IP4 addresses opens

Written by Nick Farell

Old tech done dirt cheap
A black market for IPv4 addresses is emerging as businesses who are desperate for addresses, but do not want to upgrade their networks are paying big money for them. Www.depository.net, www.denuo.com, www.addrex.net and www.tradeipv4.com are serving as brokers for organisations that want to sell or rent  IPv4 address space.

One bloke, Martin von Loewis launched his www.tradeipv4.com website immediately following the Asian regional registry's announcement that it was out of its regular pool of IPv4 addresses. Von Loewis told Network World that it was a legitimate market, although people were somewhat hesitant to use the service because many believe it's illegal or black market or gray market.

The free pool of unassigned IPv4 addresses ran out  in February, and the Asia Pacific regional Internet registry announced last week that it has doled out all but its last 16.7 million IPv4 addresses which are being held in reserve. Von Loew thinks  most of his initial customers will come from Asia where IPv4 is already exhausted. There are still a few free ones from RIPE so there is no need for Europeans to buy them. But he insists that he has been contacted by a number of potential buyers. He has established a minimum block of 256 IPv4 addresses -- known as a /24 -- for his trading site.

He expects most of the sales on his site will be for blocks of address space ranging from 256 addresses to 4,000 addresses, which is known as a /20.

More here.

Nick Farell

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+10 #1 deadspeedv 2011-04-27 14:34
Must be pretty crappy businesses if they don't have hardware that can handle IPv6. It has been out for like a decade now.
+1 #2 bunny 2011-04-28 03:49
why pay for ipv4 space, just steal it. Spammers do this all the time. Some APNIC allocations are basically a /18 full of mail servers. Why are we running out again?

ipv6 was a solution looking for a problem.
Finally the problem arrived, eventually there will be some over-riding reason to have v6 connectivity. It's not here yet, so why bother.
(doesn't help that joe public can't understand it)
+2 #3 JAB Creations 2011-04-28 10:18
Remember, IPv6 is good for you, it's not like we'll assign your refrigerator, microwave oven, garage-door and cell phone with IP addresses and use it to invade your privacy or anything like that...no way, you can trust us! 8)
+1 #4 gozzak 2011-04-28 11:04
Given that there are so many companies that have entire Class A's :
This is totally unneccesary.

Why are some of these not taken back and them split up or allocated out to regions?

This seems crazy ??

At least 1/2 of the IP`s are not used and are wasted.

Cane someone who knows better explain why this cant be done ??

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