Larus Team 2021-12-10 09:37:37 IPv4
The total number of IPv4 addresses in the world is about 4.3 billion, and one IP address corresponds to a single device. A few years ago, the last unused IP addresses known to the public, the last /8, were assigned to APNIC, RIPE, and AFRINIC by RIR. Consequently, the supply of IPv4 addresses is limited and the demand is increasing.
As the adoption of IPv6 is still very low, these factors have caused the price of IPv4 to increase every year. According to research, the price has doubled since 2014, from $10 to more than $20, and it's still going up. As we know, there are about 49 unannounced B-Class available in the market. This reveals that idle IP addresses are limited, and that companies such as Internet service providers, technology companies and data centers compete for these addresses.
The lack of supply in the IPv4 market is a real challenge for companies that want to manage their operations, especially in global markets. Available resources dwindle rapidly. If the trend continues, we could see a drastic increase in the price of IP in the next five years, perhaps even a doubling of its current market value. The lack of IPv4 and increasingly high prices have favored public demand for IP rental services. Since acquiring the necessary IP addresses can be expensive, IP leasing can be a cost-effective and suitable solution for companies that want to expand their services to different markets.
IPv4 will cease to be relevant in the next decade or so as the market moves towards IoT and IPv6 integration, so the space to monetize proprietary resources is limited. By leasing IP addresses for as little as $2.5 to $6 a year, businesses could see a return on investment of over 10%. One way for companies to leverage their assets is to use IP brokers, but their experience is limited to buying or selling, so they don't have the technical skills to lease IPv4. However, IP brokers they can use the IP address market to simplify monetization and mitigate the risks of organized assets, allowing them to take advantage of the short-term market and turn unused IP assets into an additional source of income.