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[AfriNIC-rpd] Re: [IOZ] Fwd: AfriNIC position on the future of IP number resources

Alan Levin alan at
Fri Aug 3 08:45:31 UTC 2007


Adiel, this is good timing, thanks for your post. I think it's great  
that AfriNIC are promoting this now, and even better that based on  
the latest IPv6 PI policy, Uniforum can now support IPv6 (albeit that  
most of our first tier networks don't) .

One of the reasons - as you know - for my involvement in  AfriNIC was  
because of the barriers to entry for small ISPs accross Africa. The  
biggest hurdle, being the high costs. I had initially hoped that by  
having an African RIR we would realise even lower prices (through  
lower costs of operations) although the costs are much more than  
those who had obtained address space from our previous RIR.

It appears that for a small SA ISP the costs would have been more  
than 50% less than AfriNIC if we were still using ARIN. ie. start at  
R8000 as opposed to R16,000 (Okay, given this is for a smaller  
allocation, even if one compares apples with apples AfriNIC is still  
10% more).



On 03 Aug 2007, at 10:16 AM, Adiel A. Akplogan wrote:

>    Hello all,
>    AfriNIC calls its members for action to implement Ipv6-ready
>    Infrastructure as from now.
>    The message bellow was sent to all its members this week along
>    with the position paper available at:
>    [1]
>    Regards.
>    - a.
>      Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2007 17:13:29 +0400
>      To: members-contact at
>      From: "Adiel A. Akplogan" <ceo at>
>      Subject: AfriNIC position on the future of IP number resources
>      Dear Members,
>      After considering the situation of the IPv4 central pool  
> exhaustion
>      and the analysis paper published by AfriNIC staff in April  
> 2007 [1],
>      The AfriNIC Board approved in its last meeting an action plan   
> for
>      the staff to intensify its awareness campaign on the issue and
>      advise
>      network operators in the region to make their network  
> infrastructure
>      IPv6 ready as soon as possible.
>      Resolution [#200707.01]:
>           "Noting the imminent exhaustion of the IPv4 address central
>           pool,
>           the AfriNIC Board resolves that efforts to draw the public's
>           attention to the problem and potential solutions such  as  
> IPv6
>           be
>           intensified, and instructs the staff to take  appropriate  
> action
>           in this regard"
>      In line with this resolution, we have released the attached  
> message
>      to
>      draw your attention to the situation. This direct  
> communication will
>      be
>      followed by different other measures/activities to continue to
>      promote
>      the adoption of IPv6 in the Africa region. Among other  
> activities,
>      AfriNIC will have a press conference to reach out to a larger
>      audience
>      including the media and intensify its IPv6 training activity  
> across
>      the
>      continent.
>      We will also soon launch a specific area on our web site  
> dedicated
>      to
>      IPv6, from where policy, training materials, papers and other  
> useful
>      information related to IPv6 will be available.
>      Do not hesitate to contact our team, should you have any further
>      questions
>      or need more clarification.
>      Sincerely,
>      [1] [2]
> References
>    1.
>    2.
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Alan Levin
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