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

Vincent Ngundi vincent at
Wed Mar 21 10:31:31 UTC 2007

Hi All,

We have decided to incorporate the comments that have been made about  
the above policy. As a result, we have made slight changes to the  
current draft (mainly affecting section 3) to accommodate the same.

The changes are as follows:

(a) the new policy _doesn't define the size of the reserved block  
from which the PI v6 assignments shall be made from.

(b) the new draft _doesn't allow the assignment of prefixes longer  
than /48


<see re-draft below>



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  
specific block.

* The intial provider independent assignment size to an end-site  
should be a /48, or a shorter 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.

Thanks to Adiel Akplogan, Frank Habitch and Jordi Palet for their  


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