[Community-Discuss] IPv6 Chapter 254

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com
Fri Oct 14 06:10:24 UTC 2016

Looking at other posts from elsewhere,

There was an idea proposed which I REALLY liked – which would achieve multiple objectives:

Basically – we could look at creating an “African Internet Fund” that does not have MONEY in it – but does have a large block of IP space in it (potentially as much as a /9 – sufficient to deplete the pool enough that it changes the dynamics in the region while still ensuring that the space stays available).

At that point, the African Internet Fund is run by a group of individuals, elected and/or appointed – and they are tasked with deciding how this space will be used and granted.  Basically, individuals can apply to the access fund for projects that need v4 space that will directly benefit the continent, they would have to prove v6 deployment alongside it (not just plans to take a v6 block and announce it, actual deployment plans, which would be monitored), and the project would have to provide KPI’s etc etc.  Basically the same way that funding from donor organizations work, just with IP space.

The primary task of the AIF would be to determine that the application met developmental objectives for the continent and was a worthwhile project, and benefitted end users – rather than just ISP’s.

This ensures that a.) space stays on the continent b.) we don’t sit with large amounts of v4 space that is taking forever to deplete c.) the space is being used by worthy causes and d.) it promotes v6 through depletion of v4.

Very curious to hear community thoughts on something like this – personally I love the idea.



On 13/10/2016, 16:11, "Alan Barrett" <alan.barrett at afrinic.net> wrote:

    > On 13 Oct 2016, at 08:45, Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com> wrote:
    > we have to consider the fact that the space that was given to AfriNIC by IANA was meant to the serve the people, and I’m pretty sure that if AfriNIC decided to just stop allocating and hold onto all of it they would run foul of the agreements under which they were given that space.  (I could be wrong here, perhaps someone with more insight can comment).
    Some might think that the IANA tells the RIRs what to do, and others might think that the IANA numbering services are provided under a contract in which the RIRs decide what to do.  I would not like to find out what happens if AFRINIC decides to stop allocating IPv4 space and an aggrieved party takes a dispute to court.  I’d much prefer to see AFRINIC continue to allocate IPv4 space under policies developed by the community.
    At present, the soft landing policy (section 5.4 of the conslidated policy manual <http://afrinic.net/community/policy-development/1829-afrinic-consolidated-policy-manual#SoftLanding> reserves a /12 of IPv4 space that will never be allocated unless either the policy changes, or the Board takes action:
    5.4.7 IPv4 Address Space Reserve
 A /12 IPv4 address block will be in reserve out of the final /8. This /12 IPv4 address block shall be preserved by AFRINIC for some future uses, as yet unforeseen. The Internet is innovative and we cannot predict with certainty what might happen. Therefore, it is prudent to keep this block in reserve, just in case some future requirement creates a demand for IPv4 addresses.
 When AFRINIC, can no longer meet any more requests for address space (from the Final /8 or from any other available address space), the Board may at its discretion and considering the demand and other factors at the time replenish the exhaustion pool with whatever address space (or part thereof) that may be available to AFRINIC at the time, in a manner that is in the best interest of the community.
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