[Community-Discuss] Questions about AfriNIC Allocations

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com
Sun Dec 9 08:25:19 UTC 2018

The concern here is not about ISPs getting asns - it is deeper than that.

In order for the internet environment to thrive we need the potential for large scale interconnection that is predicated on companies having asns - and this includes enterprise customers across all sectors.

Interconnection and free traffic exchange is critical to the growth of the internet industry and our goals of getting to a majority of content being exchanged directly on the continent.  It is also critical to build the critical mass, a requirement to justify the investment in infrastructure such as data centers.

Yes while my stats were proven wrong, it still deeply concerns me that when I compare our asn allocation stats to that of lacnic (the closest comparison to where afrinic and Africa is out of the other RIRs - you find that our ASN allocation rate year by year for many years is essentially flat - we hit 150 to 160 allocated every year - but there is no compounded growth that you see in LACNIC where they are allocation well over a thousand asns a year and the allocation numbers have been growing each year.

It is also a concern to me that of the roughly 1600 asns allocated - of those less than 1200 are visible in the DFZ.


Liquid Telecommunications - Group Head Of IP Strategy

From: Chevalier du Borg <virtual.borg at gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, December 9, 2018 09:08
To: Andrew Alston
Cc: General Discussions of AFRINIC
Subject: Re: [Community-Discuss] Questions about AfriNIC Allocations

Le mar. 4 déc. 2018 à 11:26, Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com<mailto:Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com>> a écrit :

As AFRINIC has a mandate to promote Internet growth across the continent, I really think it would be good to understand what their thoughts on this are – and no – before I get jumped on – I am not blaming AFRINIC for the drop – but it certainly does warrant questions being asked.

Even though your stat have been prove to be wrong. As former board member and current operator, you should know that many small ISP in Africa do not meet the "multi-homing" criteria. So there is natural limit to potential number of  ASN.

I have also meet many small ISP operator who have problem getting simple BGP with big operator. Maybe a skill problem for AFRINIC training team and AFNOG to address?

Borg le Chevalier
"Common sense is what tells us the world is flat"
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