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

Douglas Onyango ondouglas at
Thu Feb 10 11:20:48 UTC 2011

- Your Policy alludes to selling of IP can only sale what you own. AfriNIC is a custodian of Address space - don't see how they can do this.
- Most of the Global policies being developed around this issue point in the direction of asking RIR's to return space to the IANA pool. If an RIR is allowed to monetize it's resources, other RIR's would definitely follow suit and this initiative which is for the common good will fail.

- Your summary alludes to disregarding the will of the AfriNIC community, i can't find a nice way to say this, but it is not possible. Address space is managed by policies made by the community - Their will must be respected - or it will cease to be Open, Transparent, Bottom it.

- The current Softlanding Policy prevents address space from being given to non- AfriNIC organizations, you policy doesn't mention or provide a way to work around this policy - so in adopting this policy we shall be breaking another.

I do not support this policy.

Douglas Onyango | +256(0712)981329

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--- On Thu, 2/10/11, Andrew Alston <aa at> wrote:

From: Andrew Alston <aa at>
Subject: [AfriNIC-rpd] Proposal: Out of region sales of IPv4 space
To: "AfriNIC List" <rpd at>
Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 1:39 PM

Proposal: Out of region sales of IPv4 space
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 RIR’s 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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