Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The other IP address transfer market: mergers

The quest of IPv4 addresses continues...


The other IP address transfer market: mergers
The recent Nortel bankruptcy proceeding provided some clarity concerning the legacy space holders property rights in IP addresses. Another transfer likely involving legacy space is in the works. CenturyLink, which became the third-largest telecommunications company in the United States after acquiring regional bell company Qwest in April 2011 for $12.2 billion in stock, has agreed to acquire Savvis, Inc. for $2.5 billion in stock and cash. Savvis has substantial v4 address space and data center assets, much of which it got in a 2004 acquisition of Cable & Wireless. According to ARIN's Whois, about 60 of Savvis's 130 address blocks indicate registration dates prior to ARIN's formation.

Looking at the Quavvis [Qwest + Savvis] deal and the recent acquisition of Global Crossing by Level 3, Renesys blog suggests that companies are waking up to the scarcity of IPv4 addresses and demand for those resources could be a reason behind acquisitions:

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