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[AfriNIC-rpd] Updated Version of Policy Proposal "Out of Region Sales of IPv4" now Available Online - New Name: "Limited Out of Region Allocation of IPv4 Resources"
Mukom Akong T
tamon at afrinic.net
Wed Feb 16 14:00:01 UTC 2011
The policy proposal "Limited Out of Region Allocation of IPv4 Resources"
is now available on our website at
Note that it is an updated version of the "Out of Region Sales for IPv4
A text version of the proposal is included below:
Reference ID: AFPUB-2011-v4-003-draft-02
Title: Limited Out of Region Allocation of IPv4 Resources
Author: Andrew Alston | aa at tenet.ac.za | TENET South Africa
Date: 15 February 2011
 Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal
With the IANA IPv4 global address pool already depleted, and policies
already being discussed to allow for the transfer of space between the
RIR's, the likelyhood that the rest of the world will turn to unused
African allocations for more address space is growing on a daily basis.
AfriNIC currently has a projected depletion date that is more than 12
months beyond that of ARIN/RIPE/APNIC, due to slower allocation rates.
This leaves us with a fairly complex situation that raises many
questions, including but not limited to, how long before foreign
entities attempt to get access to African allocations, and are we infact
in any position to stop this happening irrespective of policies passed.
 Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem
This policy will help prevent the situation where foreign entities get
access to African allocations through illicit means, while regulating
the distribution of space and providing some benefit back to the African
community. It will also allow for further revenue streams into AfriNIC,
which can be used for the active promotion and development of IPv6.
Further to this, the policy is designed to prevent a situation where
AfriNIC is sitting with large blocks of unused IPv4 space long after
such space is no longer useable due to the global migration towards IPv6.
 The Proposal
Upon the depletion of IPv4 resources within any of the
RIPE/APNIC/LACNIC/ARIN regions, AfriNIC will begin to allow foreign
entities to take membership of AfriNIC and under such foreign membership
obtain allocations of space, made available from a single /8 out of
AfriNIC's IP space holding.
3.1 The foreign membership fee would charged as if the foreign member
were an LIR + 100% increase in the LIR fee to cater for out of region
3.2 Any foreign entity applying for space would have to comply with the
standard rules with regards to usage plans.
3.3 No foreign entity may apply for more than a /16 worth of space at
any one time - this is to avoid large scale grabs of space.
3.4 No more than a single /8 out of available AfriNIC space will be made
available for this purpose
 Additional notes in regards to potential conflict with the soft
Due to the fact that at current allocation rates this policy with come
into force before the soft landing policy is triggered, there is no
conflict with the current policy.
While this policy may seem like a potential way to allow the rest of the
world to pillage 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 regulate
and control the distribution of this space, and to in some small way,
benefit from the resources made available to the community.
 Revision History
6.1 Version 2
#Revised introduction and split this into sections 1.0 and 2.0
#Modified policy wording to indicate foreign membership rather than
sales of IP address space .
#Added conditions found in section 3.3
# Added section 4.0 to address concerns about soft landing policy.
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