LACNIC’s IPv4 Transfer Process

LACNIC’s IPv4 Transfer Process

LACNIC oversees the distribution and management of IP addresses within Latin America and the Caribbean. One of its responsibilities includes facilitating the transfer of IPv4 addresses among entities. These transfers are categorized into two main types: Inter-regional and Inter-RIR (Regional Internet Registry) transfers. This article outlines the LACNIC procedure to ensure a smooth transfer of IPv4 resources between organizations.

Inter-Regional IPv4 Transfers

Inter-regional transfers occur within the LACNIC service region. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how these transfers are conducted:

  1. Initiation:

The source organization (seller) enters a transfer request in their MiLACNIC portal to transfer IPv4 space to the recipient.

  1. Deposit:

Upon initiation of the transfer request, LACNIC invoices the source for a $200 non-refundable deposit, ensuring the commitment of the involved parties to the transfer process.

  1. Verification:

A LACNIC analyst reaches out to gather additional information and verify the details of the transfer. This step may require the sharing of company registration documents or other pertinent information.

  1. Pre-Approval:

Once the verification is successful, the transfer request is pre-approved, setting the stage for further coordination with the involved parties.

  1. Transfer Agreement:

Both the offering and receiving organizations are required to sign a transfer order, acknowledging the terms of the transfer.

  1. Fees:

An administrative fee, determined by the size of the IP block being transferred, is levied. This fee ranges from US$ 1,000 to US$ 1,500, with an initial down payment of US$ 200 required at the initiation of the transfer request.

  1. Completion:

Upon successful payment and agreement, the transfer is finalized, and both organizations are notified. The Whois database is updated accordingly to reflect the new allocation of IP resources.

Inter-RIR IPv4 Transfers

Inter-RIR transfers are a bit more complex as they involve the transfer of IPv4 addresses between different regions. Here’s how LACNIC manages such transfers:

  1. Initiation:

Similar to inter-regional transfers, the source organization initiates the transfer by entering a transfer request in their MiLACNIC portal.

  1. Verification and Pre-Approval:

LACNIC analysts verify the details of the transfer, and upon successful verification, the request is pre-approved. The destination RIR is then notified to assess the receiving organization.

  1. Assessment by Destination RIR:

The destination RIR analyzes the receiving organization to ensure compliance with their regional policies. Once approved, they notify LACNIC to proceed with the transfer.

  1. Transfer Agreement and Fees:

A transfer order is signed by the offering organization, and the administrative fee is settled, paving the way for the transfer to be executed in coordination with the destination RIR.

  1. Completion:

The transfer is completed, and both organizations are notified. The necessary databases are updated to reflect the transfer of IP resources.

Additional Considerations

  • It’s advisable for the receiving organization to justify the need for the IP addresses, ensuring a smooth transfer process.
  • Organizations can opt to be listed on the List of Possible IPv4 Transfers as a Receiving Organization to streamline the transfer process further.
  • It’s crucial for both offering and receiving organizations to be current with their contractual obligations to LACNIC for a successful transfer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is LACNIC’s role in the IPv4 transfer process?

LACNIC oversees the distribution and management of IP addresses within Latin America and the Caribbean. They facilitate the transfer of IPv4 addresses among entities, categorizing them into Inter-regional and Inter-RIR transfers.

How does the Inter-regional IPv4 transfer process work?

Inter-regional transfers happen within the LACNIC region. The process involves initiation by the seller, a non-refundable deposit, verification by a LACNIC analyst, pre-approval, signing a transfer agreement, paying an administrative fee based on the IP block size, and completion with database updates.

How are Inter-RIR IPv4 transfers different from Inter-regional transfers?

Inter-RIR transfers involve IPv4 address transfers between different regions. While the initiation is similar, post-verification, the destination RIR assesses the receiving organization. Once approved by the destination RIR, the transfer order is signed, fees are settled, and the transfer is executed in coordination with the destination RIR.

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