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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
Wed Feb 16 14:00:01 UTC 2011

Dear Colleagues,

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
Version: 2
Author: Andrew Alston | aa at | TENET South Africa
Date: 15 February 2011

[1] 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.

[2] 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.

[3] 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

[4] Additional notes in regards to potential conflict with the soft 
landing policy:

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.

[5] Summary

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.

[6] 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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