Nortel, in bankruptcy, sells IPv4 address block for $7.5 million

Tore Anderson tore.anderson at
Thu Mar 24 09:40:27 CDT 2011

* Leo Bicknell

> I think the more interesting question is why would Microsoft pay
> $7.5 million for something they can, at least for the moment, get
> for free.

A very interesting question indeed!

However, they can only get them for free from ARIN if they can document
an immediate demand. Perhaps they don't have an immediate demand, and
are simply stockpiling addresses for later use post ARIN depletion? Or
perhaps they hope to make a profit then by selling them to someone else.

Either way, it sure seems they're speculating that the market price of
an IPv4 address is going to rise to more than US$11.25.

Tore Anderson
Redpill Linpro AS -
Tel: +47 21 54 41 27

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