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[policy-wg] Policy proposal: IPv4 allocation to End Users

Gregory Massel gregm at
Mon Apr 25 18:35:37 UTC 2005

/24 ?

This seems to be a bit out of line with the other RIRs and given the current 
exponential growth of the global routing table, may need reconsideration.

While I don't object to this in the case of critical infrastructure, I 
question why an end-user should require provider independent space instead 
of provider aggregatable space.

The proposed policy doesn't make it clear if this applies only to critical 
infrastructure or if that is simply one example.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Tinka" <mtinka at>
To: <policy-wg at>
Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2005 6:37 PM
Subject: [policy-wg] Policy proposal: IPv4 allocation to End Users

> Name: Mark Tinka
> Organisation: Africa Online Swaziland
> Policy Affected: New
> Date: 16.04.2005
> Proposal: IPv4 Assignments to end-users in AfriNIC region
> Introduction:
> -------------
> AfriNIC assigns blocks of IP addresses to end-users who request
> address space for their internal use in running their own networks, but 
> not
> for
> sub-delegation or reassignment of those addresses outside their 
> organization.
> End-users must meet some requirement for justifying the assignment of an
> address
> block.
> Determination of IP address space allocation size is the responsibility
> of AfriNIC staff. In an effort to ensure that Classless Inter-Domain 
> Routing
> (CIDR) is implemented and utilized as efficiently as possible, AfriNIC 
> will
> issue blocks of addresses on appropriate "CIDR-supported" bit boundaries
> with a
> 'slow start' mechanism.
> Minimum assignment:
> -------------------
> In general, the minimum block of IP address space assigned by AfriNIC to 
> end-
> users is a /24. If assignments smaller than /24 are needed, end-users 
> should
> contact their upstream provider. Prefixes assigned to End-User will be 
> from a
> block reserved for that purpose.
> First End-user assignment criteria:
> ----------------------------------
> The requesting End users must
> a) Show either an existing efficient utilization of at less /25 from
> their upstream provider.
> b) Justification of an immediate need of at less 50% of total requested
> size based on its Network Infrastructure. Eg: new Company.
> Additional Assignment:
> ----------------------
> Utilization rate of address space is a key factor in justifying a new
> assignment
> of IP address space. Requesters must show exactly how previous address
> assignments have been utilized and must provide appropriate details to 
> verify
> their one-year growth projection. The basic criteria that must be met are:
> * A
> 25% immediate utilization rate, and * A 50% utilization rate within one
> year. A
> greater utilization rate may be required based on individual network
> requirements. Private IP address: End-users not currently connected to an 
> and/or plan not to be connected to the Internet are encouraged to use
> private IP
> numbers reserved for non-connected networks (see RFC 1918).
> End-User Assignment to critical Infrastructure:
> -----------------------------------------------
> AfriNIC will make End-User assignment to critical infrastructure providers 
> of
> the Internet, including public exchange points, core DNS service providers
> (e.g.
> ICANN-sanctioned root, gTLD, and ccTLD operators). These allocations will
> be no
> longer than a /24 using IPv4. Multiple allocations may be granted in 
> certain
> situations. - Exchange point assignment MUST be assigned from specific 
> blocks
> reserved only for this purpose.
> AfriNIC will make a list of these blocks publicly available. - Exchange
> point
> operators must provide justification for the allocation, including:
> connection
> policy, location, other participants (minimum of two total), ASN, and
> contact
> information. This policy does not preclude exchange point operators from
> requesting address space under other policies such as becoming LIR.
> ** Some definitions:
> Exchange point: An Internet Exchange Point is defined as a physical 
> network
> infrastructure (layer 2) operated by a single entity whose purpose is to
> facilitate the exchange of Internet traffic between ISPs. There must be a
> minimum of three ISPs connected and there must be a clear and open policy
> for others to join. Addresses needed for other purposes (e.g. additional
> services provided to the members) should be acquired through the 
> appropriate
> means (e.g. an upstream ISP).
> Core DNS service provider: A core DNS service provider is a company who
> provides DNS service for the root level of the DNS tree (ICANN-sanctioned 
> root
> operators) or for Country Code Top Level domain (ICANN accredited ccTLD
> managers).
> --
> Incentive: To define criteria for IPv4 allocation to End Users which does
> not exist yet in AfriNIC region.
> Mark.
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