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As of January 2021, the Pentagon assigned 450 Million IPv4 addresses to a new and “unknown” Florida based company named Global Resource Systems, LLC. According to ARIN, it is important to note that this is not a permanent transfer. Nevertheless, this came as a bit of a shock to the internet community.

So far 2021 has started with a hockey stick demand curve for IPv4 addresses. If you look at the numbers, the ARIN pre-approval requests have increased 10% over the previous quarter, and a whopping +30% over Q1 of 2020. In fact, Q1 of 2021 has indicated the largest requests for ARIN pre-approval of all time with a 584 in total.

With the end of a roller coaster of a year, 2020 had some interesting movement in the IPv4 sector as well.  Due to the increased demand for people to stat indoors, we saw a surge of requests to buy ip addresses shortly after the pandemic hit. 

Throughout 2020 the IPv4 market has been very active in all the major internet registries including ARIN, RIPE and APNIC.

Unlike other industries that have suffered decreased demand for their services due to physical lockdowns and government mandated quarantines, hosting companies, ISP’s, cable providers and telcos have been trying to keep up with the increased demand for IPv4 address usage generated from more people being forced to stay indoors.

As the economy continues to adapt and recover from COVID, the IPv4 transfer market continues to show signs to growth.  Companies on in the market to sell IP addresses and those who need to purchase IPv4 are showing signs of growth and activity.

In March of 2020, there was a deal made between APNIC and Jun Murai A.K.A. the Internet Samurai to split the ownership rights of 43.0.0.0/8.  They started the Asia Pacific Internet Development Trust, which was owned equally by APNIC and Murai’s WIDE Project.

The IPv4 Market has continued to surprise us all this year, given the current global economy.  Our team has continued to follow the transfer trends and use that data to inform our partners and clients on the ever-changing dynamics of the IP address marketplace.