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[AfriNIC-rpd] IPv4 BoF report

Alain Patrick AINA aalain at
Fri May 18 10:12:41 UTC 2007

IPv4 exhaustion BoF report

2nd May 2007, during AfriNIC-6 in Abuja, we had a BoF on IPv4 exhaustion. 

Objectives :
1-Look at the issues brought by the future IPV4 pool exhaustion at IANA and 
2-Determine possibles actions to well  manage the situation in AfriNIC service 

Co-chairs: Adiel, Alain

25 persons  from various regions attended the BoF.

Conclusions of the discussions

1- It may be difficulties to have the global policies related to IPV4 pools 
exhaustion (equal distribution of reserve to all RIRs, Common timeline for 
IPv6 transition etc..) adopted fast as the global policy process is long, the 
diversity of the visions, etc... .

2- It will be difficult if not impossible to free the reserved 240/4. Too many 
impact on network equipment and software manufacturers.   

3- The second market will probably happen and will decide

4- AfriNIC should play a role in the second market. It will need the 
redefinition of the scope of its service and operation.

but before that term, some possible actions:

- Seek a mechanism to recover the unutilized blocks. A policy is probably 

- seek a mechanism to encourage legacy holders to return unutilized blocks

- Conduct some studies on the number of legacy and unutilized blocks and how 
to recover and use them.

- seek a mechanism to facilitate the regulation of the second market in the 
favor of local community

- dig further on  ressources certification and see how it can be used to 
regulate the second market.

- launch an awareness campaign for local operators. Get them to stop NAT to 
apply for public IP. 
what can be done to accelerate consumption rate : fees or threshold for 
subsequent allocation reduction?

- Continue the promotion of IPv6 deployment in our region. Seek more 
Involvement of Policy makers.  

The BoF concluded that there is no need for a WG/SIG or mailing list. 
discussions should continue on the policy and afripv6-discuss mailing list.

Related documents:
IPv4 exhaustion analysis: (
IPv4 exhaustion presentation at AfriNIC-6 


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