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

Tom Koltai tomk at unwired.com.au
Fri Mar 25 23:02:34 AEDT 2011

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> From: link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au 
> [mailto:link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of 
> stephen at melbpc.org.au
> Sent: Friday, 25 March 2011 9:42 PM
> To: link at anu.edu.au
> Subject: [LINK] Microsoft buys Nortel IPv4 address block for 
> $7.5 million
> Here's an interesting email post to NANOG, the North American 
> Network Operators' Group mailing list ..


>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

Ahhh, a new valuation multiple for the markets to ooh and ahh over....

That means that an internet user now has a capital cost associated with
acquisition, about four bucks each.

I'm sure older linkers would remember the $2.50 per month/billing cycle
Telecom socket charge....
Folks, the Internet just got more expensive... Watch that item turn up
on your BigPond account some time in the near future...

IPV4 Socket charge, $2.50 per month.
IPV6 Socket Charge, Free for first year.

Wow that would fix the address space problem real quick.
Well at least now we know the cost.

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