Light Reading
When you've got to unload 666,624 IPv4 addresses, who can you turn to?

Nortel Sells IPv4 Addresses

Craig Matsumoto
News Analysis
Craig Matsumoto
3/24/2011
50%
50%

Two years after its bankruptcy filing, Nortel Networks Ltd. still has things to sell.

Bankruptcy court documents say Nortel put 666,624 IPv4 addresses up for sale last year, and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) emerged as the winner this week, with a $7.5 million bid.

As Domain Incite notes, that's $11.25 per address, making the IPv4 address space theoretically worth around $48.3 billion.

Why this matters
As the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) ran out of IPv4 numbers, everybody liked to joke that a black market for addresses might pop up. "Black market" is a bit of a misnomer, given that the sales are done on the up-and-up, but the deal shows that if you've got enough addresses, you can find a buyer.

For more
Here's more on the IPv4 apocalypse (and on Nortel's other pending selloffs).



— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

(7)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Pete Baldwin
50%
50%
Pete Baldwin,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:09:29 PM
re: Nortel Sells IPv4 Addresses


Thanks! Yeah, I wouldn't exactly take that valuation to the bank, but it's fun to ponder.


I was IM'ing with Jeff Baumgartner about this today... we're waiting for the Nortel garage sale stage, when they get down to selling the old credenzas and the record collection.

4mTx
50%
50%
4mTx,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:09:29 PM
re: Nortel Sells IPv4 Addresses


Yes, the math works, (256^4)*$11.25 = $48.3B. Whether this is meaningful is another question...

Pete Baldwin
50%
50%
Pete Baldwin,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:09:29 PM
re: Nortel Sells IPv4 Addresses


You can't literally say the IPv4 address space is now worth $48.3 billion, I know. I just love that that Kevin Murphy of Data Incite did the math. (I didn't take a second to double-check it yet. Anybody?)


I'd also agree with his hunch that we won't see many of these kinds of sales -- Nortel's situation is unique. Still, it goes to show: There are willing buyers.


 

somedumbPM
50%
50%
somedumbPM,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:09:28 PM
re: Nortel Sells IPv4 Addresses


I still have 2 of those IPs stuck in my head from more than 10 years ago. 


For some reason stuff like that never falls out of my memory and they continue to take up slots that could be used for other numbers like girlfriend's birthdays that never seem to find a home up there.


 

Pete Baldwin
50%
50%
Pete Baldwin,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:09:27 PM
re: Nortel Sells IPv4 Addresses


GeekWire asked Microsoft and got an official statement: The addresses are for "online services, particularly enterprise cloud services"


http://www.geekwire.com/2011/microsoft-paying-75m-600000-ip-addresses


Microsoft is counting on having to support services to networks that are slow to move to IPv6.  In other words, they have to accommodate the laggards.


That's been my contention for some time: The burden of the IPv6 transition falls on the side of the IPv6 networks. They'll be doing all the work to make sure they can still contact IPv4 users.

Darkness
50%
50%
Darkness,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:09:27 PM
re: Nortel Sells IPv4 Addresses


So what is the point of paying for those IPv4 addresses as there is a migration from IPv4 to IPv6?


Also, is the price for an IPv4 adress expected to be more/less/same as an iPv6 address?


Best,

optobozo
50%
50%
optobozo,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:09:25 PM
re: Nortel Sells IPv4 Addresses


I have fond memories of the 132.245.0.0 address space before it was acquired and re-acquired.  I wonder if that block is part of the deal?  WHOIS doesn't indicate a change (at least yet).

Flash Poll
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Sales Director of INIT on Plug & Play Switch Devices

9|19|14   |   3:21   |   (0) comments


INIT Italy uses both the Huawei S5700 and S7700 series switches for the campus LAN environment. Sales Director Andrea Curti says their company chose these Huawei devices over others because of their performance, flexible scalability and plug-and-play features.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Saudi Arabia Upgrades Vocational Training System

9|19|14   |   3:31   |   (0) comments


The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) has 100,000 students, 150 government-owned institutions and oversees 1000 private institutes. The CIO of TVTC explains that Huawei devices have allowed them to manage multiple datacenters using just one software program, scientifically tracking the progress of students and teachers, saving them millions.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Media Solutions Are Here to Stay

9|19|14   |   4:35   |   (0) comments


The current media revolution requires rapid upgrades in technology. New formats (HD, 3D, 4K etc.) and the subsequent explosion of file sizes demand sophisticated network and storage architecture. Social media and the multiple distribution channels require a robust asset management system. Gartner analyst Venecia Liu speaks about the current technological trends in ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Microgenesis on Huawei's Switches

9|19|14   |   3:57   |   (0) comments


Microgenesis is a solutions and system integrator company in the Philippines whose areas of expertise include data centers, networking and security products. In this video, Executive Director Jeffrey Choa talks to us about his customers needs and they benefit from using Huawei switches.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Network Solutions Help the Philippines Jump Ahead

9|17|14   |   2:59   |   (0) comments


In the past, the Philippines has under-invested in technology. Now, the CEO of Softshell talks about how Huawei products help the Philippines jump ahead as the economy improves.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
VCS Observation for Safer Cities in the Netherlands

9|17|14   |   5:20   |   (0) comments


Holland's VCS Observation has been operating for 22 years. Its main goal is to get cities safer. CEO Wim van Deijzen tells us some of the challenges his company faces and how Huawei is helping to overcome these challenges.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
A Conversation With Serbia's Ministry of Interior

9|17|14   |   4:38   |   (0) comments


At HCC 2014, the Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia talks to us about his projects and corporation with Huawei. Solutions like Safe City and E-Government and services like cloud computing are just some of the areas his department is interested in.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
IHS Analyst Discusses eLTE at CCW 2014

9|10|14   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


Thomas Lynch, associate director of critical communications at IHS Technology, talks about broadband in critical communications.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
TCAA on Huawei eLTE: A Broadband Solution for Mission-Critical Communications

9|10|14   |   2:29   |   (0) comments


At CCW2014 in Singapore, the TCCA's Phil Kidner talks about the importance of broadband data for critical communications.
LRTV Custom TV
Spotlight on Cisco: SDN for Optical Networks

9|8|14   |   9:27   |   (0) comments


Cisco's Greg Nehib talks OpenFlow and more on the 'Software-Defined Networking for Optical Networks' panel at the Big Telecom Event in June 2014.
LRTV Custom TV
Cisco's Evolved Programmable Network (EPN)

9|8|14   |   4:05   |   (0) comments


A look at the various demos Cisco showed at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event highlighting Cisco's EPN innovation and how SDN and NFV technologies are enabling a variety of new services.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Future of Ultra-Broadband, With Kevin Kelly (UBBF2014)

9|5|14   |   1:13   |   (1) comment


If you think the technological changes we've seen up to now are astounding, just wait until you see what the future has in store. Discuss upcoming breakthroughs with Kevin Kelly, Founding Executive Editor of Wired Magazine, at the Huawei Ultra-Broadband Forum on September 24.
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 23, 2014, Denver, CO
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
A survey conducted by Vasona Networks suggests that 72% of mobile users expect good performance all the time, and they'll blame the network operator when it's not up to par.
Today's Cartoon
Vacation Special Caption Competition Click Here
Latest Comment
Hot Topics
AT&T: We'll Bundle Fixed Wireless & DirecTV
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 9/15/2014
New NFV Forum Focused on Interoperability
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 9/16/2014
NFV & The Data Center: Top 10 Takeaways
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/18/2014
Connecticut Cities Crowdsource Gigabit Nets
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 9/15/2014
Pics: LR's Women in Telecom Breakfast
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/16/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed