Broker-Driven Transfer Process
While all address transfers are unique, dependent upon a variety of factors such as regional internet registry (RIR) region (for example RIPE), company needs, etc., the overall process has a general framework, especially when IP address brokers are involved. In the beginning, brokers match buyers with prospective sellers based upon need and pricing via the brokers’ own proprietary databases.
Once a potential match is found, both parties are introduced and negotiations commence. Negotiations can often be the longest or shortest part of the entire process; usually terms regarding price and other contractual points tend to take the most time for mutual agreement. When transactions occur between large corporations, often multiple layers of approval are required between departments before deal points are agreed upon in the final contract. Brokers assist both parties’ navigation through these negotiation and administrative procedures.