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[resource-policy] AfriNIC Policy Proposal: IPv6 Provider Independent (PI) Assignment for End-Sites

Vincent Ngundi vincent at
Tue Jan 30 07:53:30 UTC 2007

Hi All,

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  
large well.

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  
in Abuja.


Name			:	Vincent Ngundi
					Alain Aina
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).

Current Situation

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  
justify it.

Effect on AfriNIC

No direct effect on the existing AfriNIC members, nor changes to the  
current IPv6 allocation criteria.



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