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

Jackson Muthili jacksonmuthi at
Fri Feb 25 08:16:50 UTC 2011

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 5:20 AM, David Conrad <drc at> wrote:

> I'll admit to not being convinced of your assumptions regarding the use of the Internet in the AfriNIC region (I actually suspect most traffic in the AfriNIC region is/will be produced and consumed in the AfriNIC region), however ignoring that, according to sometime before 2013, folks in the APNIC, RIPE, and ARIN regions will have exhausted their remaining IPv4 free pools. Pragmatically speaking, this will mean folks everywhere will (we hope) need to be dealing with IPv6-only. Of what benefit would deploying new infrastructure based on IPv4 have in this situation?

This again presumption that when other regions exhaust of their IPv4,
ISPs will start deploying IPv6 and eventually migrate to IPv6 only
network. Much as we all dream so, the reality could in fact be
different. IPv4 trading and its associated black market could stay
with us for a long, long time. New infrastructure will continue to be
deployed *on IPv4* even long after it's exhausted from RIR. It's sad


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