This is a notice to inform that we have discontinued our free to use IP Announce/BYOIP Services via AS205320.
This service was provided to our end-customers as a means to facilitate BYOIP (bring-your-own-IP) allowing for easier, cheaper and long term expansion of services on our platform. For example: Customers could rent a dedicated server from our platform and IP addresses externally and use them together for use as VPS host-nodes.
Over the past months, this free to use service has been targeted by various groups who have used it for everything but long term expansion of services and ultimately created a lot of abuse which is not something we expected given the amount of “work”, “documentation” and “technical effort” required to rent IPv4 addresses from the open market.
We implemented various allow/deny checks on customer enquiries for this product on our end and as of October 2023 were left with just a few customers who were allowed to access this feature, but ultimately the abuse didn’t stop due to the nature of webhosting services which can be resold across multiple levels.
At this point of time, we have no option but to retire this free to use service which was used by a few customers but ultimately generated more than multiple years worth of abuse in a few months.
The impact of this given the active pool of customers we had using this service in October 2023, should be NIL across our userbase, but we feel it’s fair to add this announcement so that anyone who is referred to us from word-of-mouth can find this blog post as a reference too.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does this impact my VPS Hosting with you?
A: No, none of our VPS hosting customers had a BYOIP/IP Announcement, hence this does not impact you.
Q: Does this impact my shared hosting / reseller hosting with you?
A: No, none of our shared hosting / reseller hosting had a BYOIP/IP Announcement, hence this does not impact you.
Q: Does this impact my dedicated server with you?
A: Apart from a single digit number of customers across 2023, and a even smaller single digit number in October 2023, none of our dedicated server customers had a BYOIP/IP Announcement, hence this does not impact you.
Thus, the impact of this feature being discontinued is, simply: NIL/non-existent to our customer base, apart from the customers who used this service and no longer can. So, If you didn’t use it, you aren’t affected 🙂