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[AfriNIC-rpd] Proposal: Out of region sales of IPv4 space

Andrew Alston aa at
Thu Feb 10 10:39:53 UTC 2011

Hi All,

I would like to propose the following policy.

1.0 Summary of the motivation behind this policy:

With IANA already developing policies for the transfer of space between
RIR¹s and with the depletion of IPv4 space in other regions approaching
faster and faster every day, there is a high likelyhood that the rest of the
world will turn to the unused African allocations for more IPv4 space.  With
AfriNIC having enough space to last what amounts to a couple of years, there
is sufficient space to allow for sale of a portion of this space outside of
the African region.  This will help prevent the situation where foreign
entities are trying to grab the space through illicit means, and regulate
the distribution of the space while providing some benefit back to the
African community.  This policy will also allow for further revenue streams
into AfriNIC, which can be used for the active promotion and development of
IPv6.  Further more, the policy will prevent a situation where we are
sitting with large blocks of unused IPv4 space long after such space becomes
useable, due to the rest of the world having migrated to IPv6.

2.0 The proposal:

On the date of depletion of IPv4 resources within either the
RIPE/APNIC/LACNIC/ARIN regions, AfriNIC will make available space out of a
single unallocated /8 for sale to foreign entities.

2.1  Such space will be sold at a premium price, currently for the purposes
of this proposal at LIR rate + 100% in order to allow for growth in AfriNIC
revenue streams
2.2 The foreign entities applying for this space will have to meet all
standard AfriNIC space allocation requirements
2.3 No more than one /8 out of the available AfriNIC space will be made
available for this purpose.

3.0 Summary

While this policy may seem like a potential way to allow the rest of the
world to pillage the African resources, it can be argued that the space will
be used by foreign entities irrespective of the will of the African
community.  This policy merely allows the African community to, in some
small way, benefit from the resources we have available.

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