Nortel Sells IPv4 Addresses

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

Craig Matsumoto, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

March 24, 2011

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Nortel Sells IPv4 Addresses

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).

  • You Won't Find IPv4 Numbers on eBay

  • Global IPv4 Counter Hits Zero

  • Report: Most ISPs Are IPv6 Ready

  • Cisco to Service Providers: Get Moving on IPv6

  • IPv6 Prep Warnings Get More Urgent

  • Nortel Patents Sale's Pending

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Craig Matsumoto

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Yes, THAT Craig Matsumoto – who used to be at Light Reading from 2002 until 2013 and then went away and did other stuff and now HE'S BACK! As Editor-in-Chief. Go Craig!!

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