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[AfriNIC-rpd] IPv6 Allocations for Non-Profit Networks

SM sm at
Thu May 21 15:52:11 UTC 2009

At 01:57 21-05-2009, Mark Elkins wrote:
>I understand the authors desire for IPv6 address space - and in that
>there seems to be no current way in which that can get address space -
>as there is no RFC1918 address space for IPv6.

There is Unique Local IPv6 Unicast Addresses.  It doesn't have the 
drawback of RFC 1918 addresses as the IPv6 addresses have a high 
probability of being unique.  The addresses are not meant to be 
globally routable.  The proposal mentions why they cannot be used by 
the organisation.

>If AfriNIC were to allocate address space to such organisations at zero
>cost that were truly not simply 'non-profit' but had no revenue
>collection system or stream - then I'd be happy to see that happen.
>They - of course - would have no membership privileges (ie - voting).


>I only worry whether this could be abused.
>I understand that it would be difficult to be policed.

The proposal would have to address these two points.

At 02:24 21-05-2009, Alan Barrett wrote:
>It seems to me that the author's organisation could qualify as an LIR
>and obtain an IPv6 /32 under existing policies.  I don't understand the
>relevance of RFC1918 above -- presumably the organisation would wan tto
>be properly conencted to the global Internet, not to use private address
>space.  I also don't understand the relevance of the reference to IPv6
>PI policy in the proposal -- the organisations targeted by this proposal
>are themselves providers who would qualify as LIRs; they are not end
>users who would need to either get space from an upstream provider or
>get PI space from an RIR.

It is not clear whether the organisation has end-users.  The main 
problem is that the organisation does not have any money.  It is to 
the advantage of AfriNIC members and the region to encourage IPv6 
projects like this one as it can create a market for IPv6 
connectivity.  It also helps in building local experience and people 
can put into practice what they have learned from the IPv6 training 
carried out by AfriNIC.


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