[AfrIPv6-Discuss] Next generation MITnet

Omo Oaiya Omo.Oaiya at wacren.net
Thu Apr 20 10:30:12 UTC 2017

> On 20 Apr 2017, at 10:47, Willy MANGA <willy.manga at auf.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> some of you may have noticed this statement [1] of someone from the MIT .
> They plan to end their v6 deployment in 18 months if i'm right. That's a
> very good move.


> However the part of this statement I do not like is the fact they intent
> to sell some of their v4 block (/9 ) . I'm wondering if it will not
> cause more harm than benefits to v6 adoption.

While some would have us believe that the best way to IPv6 adoption in Africa is to speed up the exhaustion of our meagre IPv4 resources, those that have surplus are making sure to reserve some for the future as they sell.

"We hold a block of 16 million IPv4 addresses. Fourteen million of these IPv4 addresses have not been used, and we have concluded that at least eight million are excess and can be sold without impacting our current or future needs, up to the point when IPv6 becomes universal and address scarcity is no longer an issue.”

Mind you, these 16 million addresses held by MIT is the entire /8 we have left in Africa.

> It will nurture a market who will do its best to survive years after years.

A market will exist as long as some have resources that are valuable to others.  We will have the African community at the wrong end doing the buying if we don’t have enough IPv4 to deploy the IPv6.

> Considering that, I think we have to be more cautious with the policies
> we are currently writing. :)

Precisely what we have been saying on the RPD list with Soft Landing-bis which is seeking to ensure that all African organisations can get enough IPv4 from AFRINIC to roll out IPv6 when they need to, no matter their size or current state of readiness.

The proposal is at https://afrinic.net/en/community/policy-development/policy-proposals/2075-ipv4-soft-landing-bis <>

Please read it and support it on the RPD list or let us know how to improve.  Whichever you choose to do, do soon.

> 1. https://gist.github.com/simonster/e22e50cd52b7dffcf5a4db2b8ea4cce0
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