IPv4 Transfer Process for Buyers and Sellers

Whether you are preparing to buy IPv4 addresses space or sell it, the IPv4 transfer process can be rather complicated.  Because this is a new market, which may include the IPv4 subnet and a new idea, there is some ambiguity as to a safe and legal method of transferring IPv4 assets from one organization to another.  Working alongside the Regional Internet Registries such as ARIN, RIPE and ANIC, the knowledgeable team at IPv4 Connect has created a fully transparent and streamlined system to help simplify this otherwise overwhelming task.

Seller/Source Verification

  • Every potential seller is guided through the process with their regional internet registry to ensure they have full ownership of their IPv4 assets prior to bringing them to market
  • The IP space is checked and cleaned from all global blacklists
  • The IP space is removed form BGP routing tables
  • The IP space is removed form DNS entries

Buyer/Recipient Pre-Approval

  • Specific to ARIN and APNIC, buyers must demonstrate a business justification to be eligible to buy IPv4 space.
  • Some pre-approval business case tips include:
    • Demonstrate usage of at least 50% of the IPv4 addresses over 2 years.
    • Demonstrate 80% usage of the sum of all current IPv4 assignments and allocations
    • If you are using carrier assigned space, its easy to ask for your own IPv4 space as a way to migrate off carrier blocks and avoid being tied down by a specific company.

Rest of the RIR Process

Block Examination: Buyer will have the ability to review the IPv4 subnets before buying them.

IPv4 Asset Purchase Agreement: Buyer and seller review the IPv4 transfer agreement

Payment Terms & Escrow: The Buyer and Seller agree to payment terms and agree to either pay direct or use an escrow agent, then funds are transferred.

Fees: Buyer and seller are responsible to pay their respective Regional Internet registered fees. In the case of escrow, the buyer and seller split associated with the IPv4 transfer.  Escrow fees vary based on sale price.

Source/Seller IPv4 Transfer Ticket: The Seller submits the transfer request via online portal with the regional internet registry, and provides the required supporting documents: Typically requires signed and notarized offers letter and can require other company legal documents.

Buyer/Recipient IPv4 Transfer Ticket: Buyer submits the transfer request via online portal with the regional internet registry, linking the ticket with the seller/source

IPv4 Transfer Announcement: Upon successful IPv4 transfer, the online Whois record is updated with buyers information with the respective regional internet registry.

Payment: Payment is released to the Seller.