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[resource-policy] AfriNIC Policy Proposal: IPv6 Provider Independent (PI) Assignment for End-Sites
vincent at kenic.or.ke
Tue Jan 30 07:53:30 UTC 2007
I hereby submit the above policy proposal for discussion by the
AfriNIC community. I have tried to incorporate _most of the
suggestions in the previous discussions and it's my hope that we
will, from this draft and your suggestions, come up with a policy
that will serve the AfriNIC community and the Internet community at
It's worth noting that other RIR's have *similar* but *varied*
policies for the same end, part of the reason being that the
communities in the different regions have different needs. It's also
worth noting that policies are _not static and as such can be
modified/revised as the need arises. Bottom line is that we need a
policy that will allow us to exploit the emerging Internet
technologies, IPv6 in this case.
I truly hope that we'll have a fruitful discussion and that we shall
have a policy to work with after the next Open Public Policy meeting
Name : Vincent Ngundi
Organisation : Kenya Network Information Center - KeNIC
Policy Affected :
Date : 30th January 2007
Proposal : IPv6 Provider Independent (PI) Assignment for End-Sites
Policy Term : Permanent
Incentive : The current policy does not allow IPv6 provider
independent (PI) address assignment to any 'end-sites'. In addition,
lack of IPv6 transport will compel many 'end-sites' to tunnel. Thus,
to avoid renumbering when IPv6 transport will be available, a
provider independent assignment seems reasonable. More so, not all
LIR's have IPv6 address space allocations. This makes it impossible
for end-users to get PA IPv6 address space from such upstreams
(LIR's). This policy is also aimed at providing IPv6 address space to
such end-users as long as they already have or qualify to get PI IPv4
This policy allows 'end-sites' to be assigned IPv6 provider
independent (PI) addresses. 'end-sites' include End-Users who already
have or qualify to get IPv4 PI addresses and critical Infrastructure
providers such as TLD root server operators and public Internet
eXchange Points (IXP's).
AfriNIC has discussed similar proposals recently during it's last two
Open Policy meetings but both proposals have been returned to the
public mailing lists for further discussion due to lack of consensus.
(1) Assignment target:
End-sites which provide Public Internet services for a single
administrative organisations' network, regardless of their size.
(2) Assignment criteria:
* The end-site must not be an IPv6 LIR
* The end-site must become an AfriNIC End User Member and pay the
normal AfriNIC fee for its' membership category
* The end site must either:
- be a holder of IPv4 PI address space or
- qualify for an IPv4 PI assignment from AfriNIC under the IPv4
policy currently in effect.
* The end-site must justify the need for the IPv6 PI address space.
* The 'end-site' must show a plan to use and announce the IPv6
provider independent address space within twelve (12) months. After
that period, if not announced, the assigned IPv6 PI address space
should be reclaimed and returned to the free pool by AfriNIC.
(3) Provider Independent (PI) address space:
* The provider independent (PI) assignment should be made from a
specified /32 block.
* The intial provider independent assignment size to an end-site
should be a /48, or a shorter/longer prefix if the end-site can
Effect on AfriNIC
No direct effect on the existing AfriNIC members, nor changes to the
current IPv6 allocation criteria.
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