Many companies nowadays need to buy a large amount of IPv4 address space in order to keep the business afloat. Recently, IPv4 address space has turned into quite the commodity ever since it was announced that all of the addresses have been depleted. When that was announced, certain parties, such as large companies who have gone bankrupt, have decided to sell a lot if not all of their IPv4 addresses that they weren’t using. Other parties, such as businesses who after the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses still needed a lot of those addresses, all clambered to buy them off those who don’t need them.
This is how the transfer market for IPv4 address space emerged. To enter the world of buying and selling IPv4 addresses, especially as a newcomer, will be very difficult alone. This is why we’ve made a short list of the basic things to follow if you are planning to buy IPv4 addresses and want to make the process as stress free as possible.
Step 1: Clarify how many you’ll need
It is absolutely essential that many things are clarified before you enter this transfer market, and one of the main things that need clarification is the amount of IPv4 addresses you’ll need. This will determine how much money you are willing to spend. It’s important to keep in mind that the value of a single IPv4 address is continuously going up, each year. Another thing to keep in mind is what exactly you’re using the IPv4 addresses for. If you’re using it for a business, you’ll need more than just a small amount.
The reason why this is the first step is that you don’t want to make a purchase of too many or too little IPv4 addresses than you actually need. This will be a problem for you for many different reasons.
Step 2: Work with an IP broker
The best way to understand this transfer market is to get in contact with an expert of working in that market. An IP broker is that expert in this situation. They have a deeper understanding of the ins and outs than you ever will by simply reading articles or blogs online. Complex details about legal matters as well as administrative ones and much more are what they can help you with. Having an IP broker by your side in these dealings will make for a more secure and smooth process.
Step 3: Examine the conditions
Once the IP broker helps connect you with someone willing to sell you their IPv4 addresses, you have to make sure to examine the conditions of your transaction. The IP broker will be a big help with this, by conducting background checks on the people you’re doing business with, the IP broker eliminates many risks. Of course, you should also examine things for yourself and see if you feel okay continuing with the process.
Step 4: Make the purchase
Once everything is settled and you feel comfortable making the purchase, go for it! Buying IPv4 addresses is a bit of a waiting game due to the transfer of ownership of the address, so you won’t be able to use it as soon as everything is finalized. But working with an IP broker will definitely make this process go a lot quicker.