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

McTim dogwallah at
Thu Feb 24 13:29:18 UTC 2011

On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 1:20 PM, Andrew Alston <aa at> wrote:
> <SNIP>
>> As has been pointed out by others, the probability of African ISPs
>> making significant off-shore expansions in IPv4 is somewhere between
>> slim and none, so I tend to doubt that this is anything more than a
>> straw man argument.
> Errrr the possibility is slim to none?  Ok, so hold on, lets look at a few
> things for a second.  MTN is currently in the top 10 largest cellular
> networks in the world, and one of the largest by market cap, they didn't do
> this by not expanding, they are an ISP.
> Vodacom is a large company, with the potential for market expansion.
> Anglo Gold and Debeers Mining both are African companies with HUGE
> international holdings, what happens when they need more space?

They need to shift to IPv6.

They aren't
> an ISP so they don't count or something?  So P.I space can then be
> specifically excluded from this clause?  Or not?

no, addresses are addresses.

We have been talking about this one for 2 years, and we finally got
consensus on it.  I would say that the part that you are objecting to
has historically had the most support of any of the bits of this


"A name indicates what we seek. An address indicates where it is. A
route indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel

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