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[policy-wg] AfriNIC policy: IPv6 for critical infrastructure

Sun Oct 15 10:37:09 UTC 2006

Hi Alan,

The most important thing in my opinion is that we approve a critical
infrastructure policy in the next meeting. Some folks in the region are
already "in halt" with IPv6 because the lack of this, which is really a
terrible problem.

I see several possibilities here, but I don't know how to proceed, if we
need different policy proposals (for each choice), or if the board can
approve a policy which text is "fixed" depending on the consensus during the
meeting. I think this is done in other regions.

I hope you understand what I mean. For example, it could happen that even
the proposed PI talks about /32, if the meeting reach consensus on that
policy but using a /48 ? Or we need to submit another version with the /48 ?

Depending on your answer, I can suggest several alternatives for the prefix
size in PI:

1) Use something such as what LACNIC uses for critical infrastructures
regarding the prefix size is something like: "prefixes from /48 to /32".
This gives the freedom to AfriNIC to implement a /48 if it is considered
enough, or a /32 if the requester justify the need (or whatever in the
middle). I understand that LACNIC decided this path to avoid a *long*
discussion about the prefix size when that policy was approved.

2) We can build a text that defines a /44 for the PI prefix size, such as in
ARIN, but reserve the /32, and give AfriNIC the freedom to allocate whatever
is justified by each requester.

3) Keep the existing text for /32.

4) May be somebody else has other possible suggestions about this specific
point ?

The other decision is if the community want a temporary PI policy, such as
the actual text, or a permanent one.

By the way, I understand that if the PI policy is approved, then there is no
need for the critical infrastructures one ?


> De: Alan Barrett <apb at>
> Responder a: AfriNIC Policy Working Group List <policy-wg at>
> Fecha: Sat, 14 Oct 2006 15:53:20 +0200
> Para: AfriNIC Policy Working Group List <policy-wg at>
> Asunto: Re: [policy-wg] AfriNIC policy: IPv6 for critical infrastructure
> On Mon, 09 Oct 2006, JORDI PALET MARTINEZ wrote:
>> I think that it will be useful to hear many more people in the list
>> telling "yes I like (or I don't like) this or that policy". Even if
>> you don't have a clear view about a given policy, but you don't oppose
>> to it, saying so will help.
> I like the policy except for one thing:  I think that a /32 is
> outrageously larger than people seeking space under this proposal
> are likely to need, and I would like to see it changed to a /48 from
> a reserved /40 block, to allow easy growth if it turns out to be
> necessary, and to allow reclamation of the unused parts of the /40 block
> in future if that turns out to be desirable.
> --apb (Alan Barrett)
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