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[AfriNIC-rpd] Updated Version of the "IPv4 Soft Landing Policy" now Available Online

McTim dogwallah at
Tue Feb 22 09:03:31 UTC 2011

On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 11:48 AM, Andrew Alston <aa at> wrote:
> Hi All,
>> AfriNIC resources are for the AfriNIC geographical region. For each
>> allocation or assignment made during the Exhaustion Phase, no more than
>> 10% of these resources may be used outside of the AfriNIC region, and
>> any use outside the AfriNIC region shall be solely in support of
>> connectivity back to the AfriNIC region.
> I need to object to the above clause and recommend deletion of this clause,
> for the following reasons:
> A.) It's not really enforceable, I have yet to hear ANY credible method of
> identifying members who are violating this.  A policy that is not
> enforceable doesn't serve a point, other than as a statement of intent.

Which is sufficient IMO to leave it in (at least for now).

> B.) This clause creates major problems for African companies wishing to
> globally expand in the post exhaustion era.  The simple fact is that once an
> RIR in another region runs out of space, any African company wishing to
> operate in both regions, and needing more space for expansion in another
> region will HAVE to get the space from AfriNIC, that or we tell them as the
> community that we do not support their expansion into other markets.  It's
> kind of self defeating.  Now, I've heard people say that even if this
> happens, it will amount to less than 10% of their allocations, and I don't
> agree with this sentiment at all.  There are plenty of cases where an
> African institution has ONE major branch in Africa, and 5 or 6 in different
> countries and regions around the world.  Are we really going to stop them
> expanding by denying them the right to use AfriNIC space in their expansion?

Well, they CAN use v6....but i do see your point.

> In a world where globalization is becoming key to business, I really believe
> this clause could cause us untold headaches.

potential headaches, I agree.

Shall we cross that bridge when we get to it?  I don't see many
African companies expanding into the EU or USA right, now, but am
willing to be persuaded that this is a valid (corner) case.


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route indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel

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