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

Mark Elkins mje at
Thu Feb 10 20:32:58 UTC 2011

Brave Andrew.

(I've already read responses to this up to about 22:00 CAT - same day).

This would not be conflicting with the AfriNIC soft landing policy and
10% rule - as it could only happen before AfriNIC's last /8 was opened
for use. (ie before our Soft Landing policy kicks in)

It should only happen when perhaps RIPE, ARIN and APNIC were into their
last /8's and applying their own "Soft Landing" policies.

It would get AfriNIC faster into the Soft Landing Position - but by
design - only when most others are already there. I don't see this as
bad. We'll still have a lot slower burn rate with our soft landing
proposal than the others.

Could make some interesting financial contributions to AfriNIC! - would
have to be both an inflated first year + membership plus normal yearly
re-occurring charges (no "Once off" for life deals!)
(Looking with business eyes - this would financially be a "Good Thing"
for AfriNIC as a company - ie - to bolster its financial position - as
long as there is no harm to the region). Build in some restrictions -
nothing bigger than a /18?  Call it a life-belt. The revenue could help
our region with more IPv6 education?

Seriously, what would be more useful to African ISP's - a few more IPv4
addresses or a few more IPv6 workshops (I can justify almost
anything! :)

Would have to be unopposed by other RIR's? and perhaps others such as
the NRO and ICANN (They may not like it - but might grudgingly agree).

I personally do have that feeling that we may be sitting around with
unused IPv4 whilst the rest of the world has long finished dealing
theirs out - this would most certainly remove that feeling. And handing
a /8 (or less?) back to IANA would cause in-fighting about who then gets
some of it.

As I've said elsewhere - I've already been indirectly approached for
IPv4 address space. I guess others will too - they may not say "No".
Thinking about similarities to abortion laws - this could be a way of
non-Africans getting space in a less bad way (ie - with a few less

Anyway - I believe this is all academic....

On Thu, 2011-02-10 at 12:39 +0200, Andrew Alston wrote:
> 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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