[LINK] Microsoft buys Nortel IPv4 address block for $7.5 million

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Fri Mar 25 21:41:31 AEDT 2011

Here's an interesting email post to NANOG, the North American Network
Operators' Group mailing list ..


> Subject: Nortel in bankruptcy sells IPv4 address block for $7.5 million 
> From: Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org 
> Date: Thu Mar 24 12:57:57 UTC 2011 

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

by Milton Mueller on Wed 23 Mar 2011 10:30 PM EDT

Wake up call for our friends in the Regional Internet Registries. 

Nortel, the Canadian telecommunications equipment manufacturer that
filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009, has succeeded in making its
legacy IPv4 address block an asset that can be sold to generate money
for its creditors. 

The March 23 edition of the Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Report has
reported that Nortel's block of 666,624 IPv4 addresses was sold for $7.5
million, a price of $11.25 per IP address. The buyer of the addresses was
Microsoft. More information is in its filing in a Delware bankruptcy
court. (End quote)

And, Domain Incite, a blog on the domain name space, notes that this
is $11.25 per address, and based on this price the total value of the
entire IPv4 address space exceeds $48 billion. http://domainincite.com


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