I would like to change providers. Can I take the addresses currently used to the new provider?
There are two types of IPv4 address space: Provider Aggregatable (PA) and Provider Independent (PI).
- If you are an End User with PA addresses and change to a new provider, you are required to return the addresses to your previous provider.
- If you are an LIR and have PA address space allocated by the RIPE NCC, you do not have to return the address space if you change your upstream provider.
- PI address space remains assigned to its End User as long as the criteria for the original assignment are met.
For further information on PA and PI address space please refer to the RIPE Document "IPv4 Address Allocation and Assignment Policies in the RIPE NCC Service Region" section 9: Provider Independent vs Provider Aggregatable Addresses.