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[policy-wg] Proposed Change for allocation period
Adiel A. Akplogan
adiel at afrinic.net
Wed Nov 22 12:17:03 UTC 2006
Name: Adiel A. Akplogan
Policy/Documents Affected: afpol-v4200407-000, affrm-v4fst200501,
Date: November 2006
Proposal: Proposal to change the allocation and
assignment period to 12 months:
Incentive: In the very changing environment of the Internet and related
services it is generally difficult to precisely plan
IP addresses usage two years ahead. Further to that AfriNIC
members may at the moment appear to have an unfair
advantage over those in other regions. This will mean
that all LIRs will plan their address space needs within
the same time frames.
This proposal suggests that AfriNIC should start allocating/assigning enough
IPv4 and IPv6 address space to last a member's 1 year addressing needs (as
opposed to currently 2, as is the practice).
Current IPv4/v6 policy does not explicitly mention a timeframe that AfriNIC
requires its members to plan for when requesting
IP address space. The practice
however is to allocate/assign enough IP address
space to satisfy a member's two
year requirements. This period is shorter in most of the other regions:
LACNIC: 3 months
ARIN: 6 months
APNIC: 12 months
RIPE: 24 months
Fairness: Having a different allocation/assignment period could be seen as
offering advantages to LIRs in one region over those in another. With a shorter
allocation/assignment period, a member can only
plan for the short term, whereas
others will have more flexibility in terms of their planning. AfriNIC members
may at the moment appear to have an unfair
advantage over those in other regions.
This will mean that all LIRs will plan their
address space needs within the same
time frames in all regions.
More accurate allocation based on real needs:
With evaluation based on one year
needs, it will be easy for LIR to precise in
their needs statement. It will also
contribute to speed up the evaluation process by AfriNIC's IP analysts as they
won't have to assess too much new services which
are not yet implemented but only
planed (in two years period time) by the requester.
Currently there are similar proposals in the LACNIC and RIPE regions to change
this period to one year. ARIN has also adopted a similar policy.
In view of the above criteria, AfriNIC should
allocate/assign enough IPv4 and IPv6
address space to last a member's 1 year addressing needs.
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