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[AfriNIC-rpd] The "Out of Region Sales for IPv4 Space" Policy Proposal is now Online

Owen DeLong owen at
Tue Feb 15 17:20:43 UTC 2011

For now, I am neutral with regard to this proposal.

I do have some questions I think are worth considering...

1.	By runout in one of the other RIRs, it is possible AfriNIC's inventory could be less than
	a /8. In such an event, this policy would allow AfriNIC to sell its entire remaining inventory.
	Is that the intent?

2.	The premium price of 2x current rate will be well below likely market prices in the
	address trading markets established by ARIN, RIPE, and APNIC policies. (not sure
	if LACNIC has a trading policy), virtually guaranteeing that AfriNIC will be a preferred
	source unti the inventory is exhausted. Likely you could significantly increase the
	pricing if you tied this policy to market values in some way. If the intent is to maximize
	revenues for AfriNIC, then, perhaps that would be worth considering.

3.	I believe the claims that AfriNIC space will be used by foreign entities whether AfriNIC
	makes it available or not are essentially specious and mostly FUD[1]. However, the
	passage of policies like this could turn such statements into self-fulfilling prophecies.
	Is that the intent?


[1] FUD -- Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt: An attempt to bolster one's argument by presenting
the specter of some future event, no matter how unlikely, as a serious threat.

On Feb 15, 2011, at 6:46 AM, Mukom Akong T wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> You can find it at  See a text version below:
> Regards
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> Unique identifier: AFPUB-2011-v4-003-draft-01
> Draft Policy Name: Out of Region Sales for IPv4 Space
> Author: Andrew Alson | aa at | TENET South Africa
> Draft Policy Version: 01
> Submission Date: February 10th 2011
> Related Policies:
> 1.0 Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal
> 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 likelihood 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.
> 2.0. Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem Above
> This proposal prevents 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.
> 3.0 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.
> 3.1  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 .
> 3.2 The foreign entities applying for this space will have to meet all standard AfriNIC space allocation requirements.
> 3.3 No more than one /8 out of the available AfriNIC space will be made available for this purpose.
> 4.0 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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