This announcement will not come as a surprise for network operators – IPv4 run-out has long been anticipated and planned for by the RIPE community. In fact, it is due to the community’s responsible stewardship of these resources that RIPE has been able to provide many thousands of new networks in our service region with /22 allocations after they reached our last /8 in 2012.
Recovered IPv4 Addresses and the Waiting List
Even though RIPE has run out, they will continue to recover IPv4 addresses in the future. These will come from organisations that have gone out of business or are closed, or from networks that return addresses they no longer need. These addresses will be allocated to RIPE members (LIRs) according to their position on a new waiting list that is now active.