Microsoft Spends $7.5m on IP Addresses

Friday Mar 25th 2011 by Staff

As the supply of IPv4 addresses begins to run out, a "gray" market could be emerging.

The Register: Microsoft just paid $7.5 million for 666,624 IPv4 addresses. It purchased the addresses at auction from bankrupt hardware vendor Nortel Networks.

Traditionally, IP addresses aren't seen as having any cash value. However, as the supply of IPv4 diminishes, companies may be willing to pay for IPv4 addresses rather than face the expense necessary to upgrade to IPv6.

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