FAQS

General Questions

IPv4.Global is Hilco Streambank’s IPv4 brokerage business, offering blocks of IPv4 addresses and AS Numbers for sale via (a) private transactions and (b) its online marketplaceThe online marketplace allows registered users to buy and sell IPv4 address space directly, providing an efficient sales process for IPv4 transactions.  IPv4.Global also aims to add transparency to the IPv4 market by providing information on past online marketplace sales, giving both buyers and sellers real transaction data to establish pricing trends of IPv4 addresses.

The amount of time it takes to transfer IPv4 addresses depends mostly on how quickly the winning bidder and the seller respond to the relevant RIR’s or RIRs’ requests for information and documentation to support the IPv4 transfer process. See “How does the auction and transfer process work?” below. This generally ranges from two (2) weeks to one (1) month for Intra-RIR transfers, and slightly longer for Inter-RIR transfers.

In order to speed up the transfer process, we encourage Buyers to apply for pre-approval prior to bidding (see “What if I cannot qualify for a transfer from my Regional Internet Registry (RIR)?”).

In order to speed up the transfer process, we encourage Sellers to make sure the registered holder of the IPv4 Addresses is accurate, including the current legal company name and points of contact, and that they can provide authorized, notarized signatures.

Under the Terms of Purchase, Buyers are responsible for the payment of all RIR Transfer Fees.

For Inter-RIR transfer fees, Buyers pay both the supplying and receiving RIR fees.

ARIN, APNIC, and RIPE currently have compatible Inter-RIR transfer policies, thus IPv4 addresses can be transferred from one to another. Please note that within the APNIC region, certain countries have additional rules or restrictions, summarized here. LACNIC has approved an Inter-RIR transfer policy, and estimates completing necessary engineering work by July 2020. Currently, Inter-RIR transfers are not available to or from the AFRINIC region.

Buying

Yes! As an expert IPv4 brokerage, IPv4.Global provides custom solutions for larger or more complex IPv4 transactions ranging from full Class B blocks, to transactions involving millions of IP Addresses. For more information about our private brokerage, visit here. Contact us for private listings here and to find out how we can help you meet your IPv4 needs.

We require registration to ensure that Buyers and Sellers are qualified, bona fide entities capable of engaging in a transaction, in accordance with both legal and RIR requirements. Registered users can view the specific IPv4 address blocks offered for sale. Registered users will also be able to view their transaction history.

 

We review all registrations, generally within one business day, though it may take up to 72 hours. The most common reasons for delays are missing or inaccurate information or Non-Disclosure Agreement in the registration application. If you have not yet done so,  please complete your registration request, including signing the NDA, and check your email (including spam filter) for messages from support@ipv4.global with questions for more information. Sign in at auctions.ipv4.global.  If you still need assistance contact us here.

Review the information above regarding registration approval, and check your email spam filter.

After your registration has been approved, you will be given access to the specific IPv4 address ranges available on the IPv4.Global Online Platform. You may perform any diligence you deem necessary prior to bidding in any auction. For instance, some customers check Spamhaus or other blacklist sites to see if the addresses have been listed as sending spam. IPv4.Global has worked with professional services firms to clean up address reputation, and can make referrals upon request.

 

All sales through the online marketplace ultimately result in a transfer to the Buyers, subject to approval by the RIR in the Buyers’ region. All bidders are encouraged to apply for pre-approval prior to bidding on IPv4.Global to ensure that the transfer will be approved by their local RIR. $500 of the purchase price of every sale will be identified as the “Deposit”, which will be forfeited if the winning bidder is unable to qualify to receive the addresses won within 45 days through no fault of Seller.

Buyers in the ARIN region can apply for pre-approval via their ARIN Online account. For more information regarding ARIN IPv4 address pre-approval, visit here.

Buyers in the APNIC region can apply for pre-approval by submitting the pre-approval form via their MyAPNIC account. For more information regarding ARIN IPv4 address pre-approval, visit here.

Buyers in the LACNIC region can apply for pre-approval via their Solicitud de recursos LACNIC Resources Request System. For more information regarding LACNIC IPv4 address pre-approval, visit here.

Buyers in the RIPE region are not required to get approvals, unless transferring address space from ARIN or APNIC. Pre-approvals are not available, though the justification requirement is low. For more information about transfer requirements in RIPE, see .

Buyers in the AFRINIC region can apply for pre-approval after requesting membership and submitting an address plan here

Find your location on this list to learn which RIR you should become a member of based on your regional location.

Organizations with operations spanning multiple regions may need further investigation to determine the most appropriate region. Contact us to help.

A summary of the process can be found here

  1. Register and get access to the specific IPv4 address ranges available in the listed auctions. See “Why should I register?” Bidders are encouraged to seek RIR pre-approval prior to purchasing, see “What happens if I cannot qualify for a transfer with my Regional Internet Registry (RIR)?”
  2. Perform diligence. Bidders may perform whatever diligence they require prior to bidding in the auction, outside of contacting the Sellers directly. See “How do I know that the IPv4 addresses are clean, and not on any blacklists?”
  3. Bidders bid in an auction (or Buy Now) and at the conclusion of the auction period, the highest Bidder will receive an email notifying them they have won, with a link to the invoice. The invoice can also be found by logging into the site.
  4. Buyer remits the payment of the full purchase price into an escrow account, or Escrow.com, where the funds will be held until the IP addresses have successfully transferred into the Winning Bidder’s specified RIR account.
  5. After receipt of payment into escrow or Escrow.com is confirmed, the Seller submits the RIR transfer request. The Seller will forward the ticket number to an IPv4.Global representative, who will forward it to the Buyer, to include in their transfer request as they submit a request through their RIR online account.
  6. Following the submission of their transfer requests, the Seller will forward the RIR transfer fee invoice to an IPv4.Global agent to be relayed to the buyer for direct payment to the billing RIR. See “Who pays the transfer fee(s)?”
  7. After the RIR fee(s) is paid, and the RIR(s) has completed its review, the RIR(s) will notify the parties that the transfer has been approved. Following approval, the RIR will notify the Buyer of any final steps (contracts or fees, for example), before updating their registry(ies) to reflect that the addresses have been transferred into the Buyer’s name. For transfers between regions, multiple RIRs will be involved.
  8. Upon confirmation of the RIR registry updates, payment is released to the Seller, less the commission agreed to directly with the Seller.

Several different companies build databases of the physical location where IP addresses are used. Some, such as search engines and social networking sites, are closed and proprietary. One public database used by others is MaxMind GeoIP, who accepts data correction requests here.  

Selling

Yes! As an expert IPv4 brokerage, IPv4.Global provides custom solutions for larger or more complex IPv4 transactions ranging from full Class B blocks to transactions involving millions of IPv4 Addresses. For more information about our private brokerage and to contact us, go here.  

First, register as a Seller on the auction site. Once your account has been approved, you can submit IPv4 blocks online. Following submission, we will perform evaluations to ensure you are properly recorded as the IPv4 address block holder of record so as to prevent problems in any potential IPv4 transfers and sales in the future. IPv4.Global will provide an Exclusive Listing Agreement for signature. Meanwhile, IPv4.Global performs some diligence to confirm the transferability of the space by the Seller, to reduce the risk of delays or cancellations during the transfer later.

At any point during this process, you may contact us directly at support@IPv4.Global or call +1 212 610 5601.

 

We have a queue of listings. If your block doesn’t appear immediately, it will generally be listed within a few weeks of the Exclusive Listing Agreement countersignature date.

 

Review current listings here and recent history of transactions here and contact us if you would like to discuss listing strategies.

 

Sometimes the auction period will expire with no bids. Unsold IPv4 address blocks are listed two consecutive times prior to moving back into the queue, to be listed at a later date (usually within a few weeks of the last listing end date). That being said, you may want to consider reducing your asking price.

 
 

A summary of the process can be found here

  1. Seller registers, submitting a list of IPv4 blocks to sell,
  2. Global will review the submission for completeness and accuracy and will then approve the registration.
  3. Shortly following approval, IPv4.Global will send Seller an Exclusive Listing Agreement for review and signature.
  4. Upon completion of the Listing Agreement, your IP Addresses will go into the queue for listing. A representative of IPv4.Global will be in touch with you regarding your listing details.
  5. When each auction ends (or Buy Now is done), Buyer sends funds to be held in escrow.
  1. IPv4.Global notifies Seller that the funds have been escrowed, and provides details so Seller can initiate the transfer request with the RIR.
  2. Seller sends RIR ticket number back to an IPv4.Global representative, who forwards it to the Buyer to include in their transfer request, thus associating the transfer requests to one another.
  3. Following the submission of both parties’ transfer requests, the Seller forwards the RIR transfer fee invoice (if any) to an IPv4.Global representative to be relayed to the Buyer, so the Buyer can pay the RIR directly for the transfer. The Buyer pays the fees of both the supplying RIR and the receiving RIR, should multiple RIRs be involved.
  4. Both the Seller and the Buyer will work with the appropriate RIR(s) to receive approval for the transfer.
  5. After the RIR fee(s) is paid, and the RIR(s) has completed its review, the RIR(s) will notify the parties that the transfer has been approved.
  6. Following approval, the RIR will notify the buyer of any final steps (contracts or fees, for example), before updating their registry to reflect that the addresses have been transferred into the Buyer’s name. For transfers between regions, multiple RIRs will be involved.
  7. Upon confirmation of the RIR registry updates, payment is released to the Seller, less the commission agreed to directly with the Seller.

Do I have to give IPv4.Global Exclusivity in Order to list space online?  YES and explain why.

Bidding

Once you are an approved Bidder on Hilco Streambank’s IPv4.Global’s online portal (https://IPv4.Global/Auctions ), you can go to any auction page and bid. Enter the amount of your highest bid in the designated Bid. The bid must be greater than or equal to the minimum bid amount  and in a qualifying increment. Your maximum bid is confidential, and not revealed to Sellers or other Bidders; if there are multiple bidders on a block, the platform will automatically increase your bid to beat other Bidders, up to your stated maximum. Of course, it will also update the other bids, up to the other Bidders’ stated maximum. You may increase your bid at any time before the conclusion of the auction by entering the bid in the box above the “Update Max Bid” button. For each bid you enter, you will receive an email confirmation that your bid was successfully placed.

 

Bidders may purchase IPv4 address blocks marked as “Buy Now” at the listed fixed price without a competitive bidding auction.

 

If a bid is placed in the last 5 minutes of an auction, the auction end time will extend for an additional 2 minutes. This allows Bidders that were outbid to increase their bid before the auction is concluded.   This method is used to simulate a live auction and prevents other Bidders from “sniping” an auction at the last second.

 
 

All bids placed on the Online Platform act as “maximum bids”. You can bid the highest amount you are willing to bid and allow the system to manage the bidding for you. The Current Bid displayed on each auction is equivalent to the second highest Bidder’s bid, plus one bid increment. This allows Bidders to know that if they place a maximum bid, they could still win the auction for any amount below or at their maximum bid.

Example: If you find an IPv4 address block that you are interested in that is currently at $1,000 (with a $50 bid increment), and you place a maximum bid of $5,000, your winning bid will be $1,050 if no other bids are placed.  Otherwise, your bid will be increased by the minimum increment up to $5,000.  The system will continue to automatically outbid other bidders by the minimum increment on your behalf, but will never exceed your maximum bid of $5,000.

 

The bid increment is the minimum amount by which a new bid must exceed an existing high bid. It is predetermined based on the current high bid. Here is how increments are determined: Bids under $10,000 will be subject to a minimum bid increment of $50; Bids in excess of $10,000 but less than $20,000 will have minimum increments of $100; and Bids in excess of $20,000 will have minimum increments of $250.

In order to win an auction, you need to bid a higher amount than the current highest bidder.  For example, if both you and another buyer placed maximum bids of $5,000, but the other bidder placed their bid before yours, they will win the auction.  If you are logged in to the Online Platform, the auction will note whether you are the current high bidder.

 

The winning Bidder is notified by email at the close of the auction. This will also show up as an order on your “Bids & Purchases” page. 

Payments

A link to the invoice will accompany your Winning Bidder email with payment instructions. The invoice will also be located in your account. Payments are due within five (5) Business Days of conclusion of the auction or Buy Now purchase.

Wire or ACH payments are  accepted for payment to IPv4.Global’s escrow.  If you elect to close with Escrow.com, please see [link] for Escrow.com’s payment policies  This is the standard practice in the sale of Intellectual Property assets. We do not accept credit cards, personal checks or Western Union payments.  If your Company has certain requirements for payments such as issuance of Purchase Orders, onboarding as a vendor or payment by corporate check, please contact us.

Other Questions and Troubleshooting

The easiest way to reach us is by filling out the Contact Us form or, by sending us an email directly.

 

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