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[afrinic-resource-policy-discuss] Re: [resource-policy]AfriNICPolicy Proposal: IPv6 ProviderIndependent (PI)Assignment forEnd-Sites

Vincent Ngundi vincent at
Tue Feb 13 07:00:27 UTC 2007

Hi All,

Thanks for your comments Andrew.

On Feb 12, 2007, at 1:31 PM, Andrew Alston wrote:
> C.) Demand for IPv6 PI Space.
> At the moment we cannot really evaluate this, as lets face it, there
> isn't much demand for IPv6 at all yet.  As the need for redundancy,  
> the
> need for multi-homing, and the need for companies to be able to be  
> more
> mobile in their provider choices increases, this demand could very
> easily become apparent.  At the moment due to the high costs of  
> telecoms
> on the African continent, how many companies can even afford to be
> multi-homed or deploy that level of redundancy?  Perhaps as costs come
> down, this would change?
> D.) The RIR Revenue stream
> First of all, it's my strong opinion that if an RIR has to resort to
> denying a service to the public in order to grow its revenue, there  
> is a
> much larger problem than the problem of if the service should or
> shouldn't be provided.  I believe that it is fundamentally flawed to
> base the decision to allow or disallow P.I IPv6 space based on  
> revenue.
> Are there not enough problems in the African Internet community with
> regards insanely high costs, without attempting to find reasons to  
> force
> ISP's who are already burdened with high costs to pay even more money?
> Yes, I fully understand that an RIR must be financially viable, but I
> really do not think that this decision should be based on the RIR's
> economics.  After all, an RIR is a non-profit entity, and while it has
> running costs, there is a difference between growing revenue to stay
> sustainable and defining policies based on generation of funds at the
> expense of the community for which the organization was created to
> serve.
It's worth noting that for organisations that qualify to receive an  
IPv6 allocation, the first years' fees is waived. See http://


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