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

Bill Woodcock woody at
Tue Jan 30 09:22:16 UTC 2007

This seems like an eminently sensible policy to me.  In addition, it's admirably clearly written.  A quality other RIRs' members could benefit by emulating. 

I support this policy. 


Please excuse the brevity of this message; I typed it on my pager. I could be more loquacious, but then I'd crash my car.    

-----Original Message-----
From: Vincent Ngundi <vincent at>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 10:53:30 
To:AfriNIC Policy Working Group List <policy-wg at>
Subject: [resource-policy] AfriNIC Policy Proposal: IPv6 Provider
	Independent (PI) Assignment for End-Sites

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 addresses.


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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