Last Updated on May 29, 2022
Buy and Sell APNIC IPV4 Addresses
APNIC is one of the five Regional Internet Registries (RIR) servicing the globe. Its service region covers the Asia-Pacific area. It provides services related to numbers registration and resource allocation, which hold up the internet’s global operation. APNIC members can transfer IPv4 addresses amongst themselves, and also to and from members of RIPE and ARIN. The first inter-regional transfer in the world took place in 2012. Transfer charges levied by APNIC are high, equaling 20% of the transferring party’s annual membership fees.
APNIC’s National Internet Registry (NIR) community commonly enforces different transfer policies. When an inter-regional transfer gets processed to one of these, ARIN or another RIR interfaces with APNIC, following which the latter interfaces with its own NIR. APNIC does not stipulate a minimum time before “flipping” address blocks, which means buying and selling can happen fairly close in timing.
APNIC’s services are aimed primarily at those who operate in the transfer market, and include pre-approving transfers for buyers, listing out buyers and sellers, and publishing the list of brokers who have gained approval through signing a Deed of Covenant with them.
A transfer of IP addresses is basically when a legal entity moves them to another entity. This is not the same as when a legal entity effects a name change. If your business structure is changed by an acquisition, merger, or reorganization, the original membership agreement with APNIC may become null and void. Sometimes, the organization taking control may have to be registered in order to retain and manage the AS numbers and IP addresses. They would need this or another APNIC account to move numbers. APNIC updates the records to reflect any changes made in this area.
Being a Regional Internet Registry (RIR), APNIC is a non-profit organization, and also performs functions identical to the other four registries. Together, the five form the Number Resource Organization (NRO). They were set up during the 90’s as an answer to the internet’s rapid growth, and were acknowledged as a means to achieving consensus among global policies, as well as maintain a level of required consistency. Each RIR creates local policy regarding management of finite identity element numbers, as well as equipment used over the internet.
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