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[afrinic-resource-policy-discuss] Fwd: afrinic ipv6 PI policy

McTim dogwallah at
Wed Mar 7 21:45:26 UTC 2007

Hi Alan,

We got your original mail, I read it the same day I met with Vincent
and Michuki to discuss this issue (over frosty malt beverages ;-)

On 2/20/07, Alan Levin <alan at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> This email is to appeal for an interim resolution/allocation of IPv6
> PI space. (I pasted below the first email on this sent over 2 years
> ago).
> Having sat in the policy deliberations on this matter in Maputo,
> Cairo and Nairobi,

Apparently, some opposition was met in Mauritius.

and hearing at each of those meetings how a Domain
> Name registry would like to empower its community by offering IPv6
> capability, I am surprised at the current state of this process and
> recent events.

I'm not surprised, PI IPv6 is a contentious issue in the other regions as well.
Addressing policy can take many years to reach a state where a policy
can pass, especially when there are multiple proposals as in this

The Domain Name registry can easily get an IPv6 allocation now, they
just have to become an LIR. I suspect that it may be a financial
burden, and if .za can't afford to become an LIR, I suspect that few
other AfTLD's can either.  If this is the case, perhaps the AfTLD
organization could become an LIR and make assignments to ccTLDs and
This would only cost each ccTLD and IXP less than 50 USD by my reckoning.

> Every time that the PI policy on IPv6 has been discussed everyone had
> agreed that the allocation should be at least /48. Whilst some have
> debated for /32's because of concerns with global routing tables
> we've all agreed that a /48 can be delegated asap.  Policy WG
> chair...

Who is this chair currently?  Should this discussion be moved to the
afripv6-discuss at

this is an urgent appeal for relaxation (ie enable the
> consensus that a /48 can be immediately allocated).  What seem to be
> unnecessary delays in promulgating this policy, are now seriously
> hampering our country from embracing IPv6.

It's not a nation state issue IMHO.

> Please, even if we don't yet have agreement on this policy, either
> you must give the allocation (as has been turned down as the registry
> which provides critical infrastructure does not wish - or need to -
> become an LIR) or the registry needs to turn to private individuals
> to obtain an allocation.

What private individuals have a /32?  BTW the PI block would be an
assignment, not allocation.


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