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AFRINIC, as the Internet Number Registry for Africa, is a membership driven Organisation. You can read more about AFRINIC at

This mailing list, for formal members only, is provided to our members as a forum for discussion and exchange on AFRINIC business in general, and more particularly on issues specific to AFRINIC members. This list is not a Resource Policy discussion mailing list; (See the RPD list for more information).


The African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa. Responsible for the distribution and management of Internet number resources such as IP addresses and ASNs (Autonomous System Numbers) for the African region.

AFRINICís mission is to provide professional and efficient distribution of Internet number resources to the African Internet community, to support Internet technology usage and development across the continent and to strengthen Internet self-governance in Africa by encouraging a participatory policy development.

The allocation of the Internet address space is primarily carried out by the IANA (Internet Assigned Name Authority) under a contract with ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). IANA allocates IP address blocks to RIRs (Regional Internet Registries) which have the authority to re-allocate them within their respective geographical areas (of continental scope).

There are four other RIRs worldwide: RIPE-NCC (serving Europe and thesurrounding areas), APNIC (serving the Asia and Pacific region), ARIN (serving North America) and LACNIC (serving Latin America and the Caribbean).

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