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[AfriNIC-rpd] Global Policy for IPv4 Allocations by the IANA Post Exhaustion

Sam Dickinson sam at
Wed Nov 17 00:22:04 UTC 2010

Hi Owen

On Nov 13, 2010, at 2:18 AM, Owen DeLong wrote:


 >>  "Disallow transfers of addresses sourced from the Reclamation Pool
 >>   in the absence of an IPv4 Global Transfer Policy to neutralize
 >>   transfer process inequities across RIR regions."
 >> What do you mean by "neutralize transfer process inequities across 
RIR regions"?
 > My understanding is this is meant to address the following concern:
 > APNIC passed a transfer policy which does not require justified need 
on the part of the
 > recipient. Absent this provision, such a global policy would allow an 
entity within APNIC
 > that has justified need to obtain space, transfer it to a broker, 
then, obtain more space,
 > lather, rinse, repeat until such time as all possible space had been 
transferred to a broker
 > in the APNIC region to the detriment of all other regions.

This reading of the APNIC transfer policy is not correct. Justification 
of need is required for transfers right up until the final /8 policy. At 
that point, any organization must justify its existing holdings before 
it is eligible to receive its single /22 from that final space. When 
combined with APNIC's final /8 policy, there is no room for the 
transfer, rinse, repeat cycle suggested above. In fact, to date, nobody 
has used the transfer policy.

To clarify, there are 2 stages of the transfer policy.

Transfers stage 1:

  - Active:
       Now until APNIC begins allocations from the final /8
  - Source of transfer:
       - Ineligible to receive any further addresses from APNIC for 12
         months OR until the final /8 phase is reached.
       - On requesting resources from APNIC, would need to justify need
         for those addresses.
  - Recipient of transfer:
       - Required to justify need for addresses according to the same
         criteria as account holder requesting addresses directly from
       - Must fully justify use of the transferred addresses if the
         organization requests further space from APNIC.

Transfers stage 2:

  - Active:
      When APNIC's final /8 allocation policy is activated
  - Source of transfer:
      - Can request resources immediately from APNIC, but is limited
        by final /8 policy to receiving a single /22 from the final /8,
        and must justify need for the addresses.
  - Recipient of transfer:
      - No need to justify resources at time of transfer.
      - If requesting resources from APNIC's final /8:
        - organization is eligible to receive only a single /22, and
        - must justify need for the addresses, including demonstrating
          use of any previously transferred resources the recipient

I have included the most important details above. Full details are 
available in section 3 of the policy document, "APNIC transfer, merger, 
acquisition, and takeover policy" at:

It should also be read in conjunction with the final /8 policy in 
section 9.10 of the "Policies for IPv4 address space management in the 
Asia Pacific region".

 > Owen


Sam Dickinson
Senior Policy Specialist, APNIC

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