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Its official, IP addresses are now more expensive than domain names!

Published on 19/04/2011

Microsoft has spent $7.5 million on buying IP addresses from the bankrupt network hardware vendor Nortel.

The sale includes 666,624 IPv4 addresses according to Delaware bankruptcy court documents.

That equates to $11.25 per address, more than you’d expect to pay for a .com domain name. And think of this, there is no intellectual property or traffic associated with these addresses – they’re just routing numbers.

This, is believed to be the first publicly disclosed sale of IP addresses since ICANN officially announced the depletion of IANA’s free pool of IPv4 blocks last month.

Because of the limited supply of IPv4 addresses, there is currently an opportunity to realize value from marketing the Internet Numbers.  This opportunity will diminish over time as IPv6 addresses are more widely adopted.

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