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Transfers in the RIPE region – statistics

2013 defines the word “doubling” in the IP sector. This year, there were twice the number of transfers in December 2013 as compared to the whole fourth quarter of 2012. In fact, there were more than seven times the number of transfers if we compare the entire fourth quarter of 2013 to the fourth quarter of 2012. Furthermore, chronologically, in the last year there was a doubling of transaction in almost each subsequent quarter. The total number of completed transfers in 2013 was 154.

The number of completed IPv4 transfers increased from nine in the fourth quarter of 2012 to 15 in the first quarter of 2013. In the second quarter of 2013, the number of transfers more than doubled to 36 completed IPv4 transfers. In the third quarter of last year, the number of completed transfers was 37. In the fourth quarter of 2013, there were 66 transfers; another doubling as compared to the previous quarter. In October of 2013, the RIPE NCC approved 25 transfers while in November of 2013, the number of approved transfers decreased to 23. In addition, during the winter holidays of December 2013, the RIPE NCC approved 18 transfer requests.

In total, in 2013, the RIPE NCC approved transfers of 37x/22, 43x/21, 36x/20, 22x/19, 13x/18, 12x/17, 4x/16, 3x/15 and 1x/14. The total number of IP addresses transferred between LIRs in 2013 was 2,370,560 individual addresses (more than a /11).

2014 shows great signs for the IPv4 market as well. With eight IPv4 transfers completed in the first week of 2014, we expect to see a record number of transfers approved by the RIPE NCC in 2014.

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