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

Mon Aug 6 08:07:25 UTC 2007

Hi Adiel, all,

Regarding the lack of transit providers, I need to disagree and this is
about the same in most of the regions (true that less competition in the
region and high prices are more an issue here).

I think this is a misconception/problem that we should sort out from the
region. Everyone of the AfriNIC members should start making pressure to
their existing transits: "If you don't provide me native connectivity in one
year, I will need to look for alternative upstreams when I need to renew my
contract. NOW provide me a tunnel".

Providing a tunnel (6in4, typically), is NOT an issue for ANY transit and is
not a big issue at the time being, because the overhead in the same network
doesn't cause any problem. There is NO excuse for existing transits to
provide a tunnel to anyone, and if they do not support yet IPv6 in their
core, it is always possible to arrange that tunnel directly into the next
hop network that support IPv6. For example, if Teleglobe is the carrier of
transit "x" (which is unable to support IPv6 today), and "x" is providing
service to AfriNIC member "y", then is always possible to arrange a tunnel
from "y" to "Teleglobe" and Teleglobe are happy to support that, as already
happened in the region.

Moreover, some of them already support native, as it is the case for
Teleglobe, so again, there is no excuse for the rest to start moving or as
said, at least provide a tunnel at the time being.

As usually, I will be happy to help on this to anyone having issues with
their transits, and in the worst case, we can always provide free transit to
OCCAID thru the GIPS program, sponsoring that transit for a maximum of 2
years (the only pre-requisite is that is true that existing transits doesn't
provide the service). For example, if you have only one transit that can
arrange IPv6 (even if with a tunnel now), in order to increase your
visibility and make sure you become multihomed, we can arrange a second
tunnel to OCCAID.

So who can say anymore there is an issue ? Transit is available and at no
cost. At least, the issue doesn't stop you to move ahead, right ?


> De: "Adiel A. Akplogan" <adiel at>
> Responder a: AfriNIC Resource Policy Discussion List <rpd at>
> Fecha: Mon, 06 Aug 2007 11:19:43 +0400
> Para: AfriNIC Resource Policy Discussion List <rpd at>, IOZ
> <ioz at>
> CC: AfriNIC Policy Working Group List <policy-wg at>
> Asunto: Re: [AfriNIC-rpd] Re: [IOZ] Fwd: AfriNIC position on the future of IP
> number resources
>> 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).
> AfriNIC has started promoting IPv6 since end of 2005 with several
> trainings and event organised  the paste 18 months all around the
> continent (more that 500 people were trained and the number of
> allocation in the region has grown from 5 to about 30 today). The
> main problem as you well pointed it out it is that, today in our
> region many first tiers Operators networks don't have IPv6 ready
> network so are unable to provide and or support v6 connectivity.
> Which harm the deployment of IPv6 more than the availability of
> PI space.
> AfriNIC clearly take this position now to draw the attention of
> theses operators to fact that, soon they will have no choice if
> they want to see their network hence their business continue to
> continue to growth. IPv6 should not be seen only as add value
> service anymore, but as core element of tomorrow's Internet.
>> 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).
> The pricing issue is something that the Board is looking into.
> But is not a simple issue, when one makes comparison with other RIRs,
> it will be important to also take in consideration other factors. How
> long it took them to drop their fees to the level they are today?
> Thanks for your contribution.
> - a.
>> 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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