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Impact of Recession on IPv4 Sales


Although the total number of IPv4 transfer requests was down in May 2022, it is still too early to tell how the recession will impact IPv4 sales for the year. In general, economic recessions tend to have a negative impact on consumer spending, which could lead to fewer people buying new IP addresses.

However, there are also a number of factors that could offset this trend. For example, many companies have been forced to move their operations online in recent months, which has increased the demand for IP addresses. Additionally, some governments have started investing more heavily in digital infrastructure projects during the pandemic, which could also lead to an increase in demand for IP addresses. As a result, it is still unclear how the recession will ultimately impact IPv4 sales in the coming months.
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  • I think in general tech will be always on high demand. Either be physical components (i.e. computer, laptops. servers .... etc). Case in point when during the pandemic the human work force was drastically reduced. Companies started to rely on automation instead a work force. Hence the need for more tech and that domino kept falling towards IP networks as well. Going through automation also meant for more robust network to take in automation. If anything tech will always be on top.
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  • The transfers might increase since most of the IPs which RIPE allocated two years back when they ran out of IPs will start getting out of their lock in period and LIR owners will start trading them soon.