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[AfriNIC-rpd] Transfer of IPv4 Addresses to Any Entity - AFPUB-2011-v4-001-draft-01

Andrew Alston aa at
Fri Apr 22 08:29:56 UTC 2011

Since Legacy IP Space was assigned before the existence of AfriNIC, I find
it very hard to see how this could actually be stopped.

ARIN has a method that Legacy IP space holders can declare their legacy
assets and are then in effective exempt from future changes in the rules, I
believe the same should apply in Africa.

The simple fact is that it will be very difficult to apply rules
retroactively to legacy holders, since as far as I can see they did not
agree when receiving that space to the imposition of terms and conditions by
AfriNIC.  The other point is, if we don¹t allow legacy space holders to
transfer space, the chances are, its going to happen anyway and all you will
find is that your databases get completely out of sync with reality.  You
either legitimize this and keep a measure of control, or you impose a rule
that bars it, which is pretty much unenforceable and would also probably not
hold up to a legal challenge, and let chaos ensue.

That¹s my take on it


On 2011/04/22 8:32 AM, "Walubengo J" <jwalu at> wrote:

> thnx SM for the heads-up.
> I have just looked at this policy and have just one issue regarding how it
> provides for Legacy IP resource holders to transfer their IPv4 resources to
> any entity.
> The policy is silent on if/how the Legacy holders will follow the general
> AfriNIC policies for IP resources; namely conservation, aggregation and
> (unique) registration of the IP addresses. If this is not taken care of, we
> shall have/legitimize the following scenario Nortel Sells IP address to M$ now
> playing out the US @
> Is this good for Africa?
> walu.
> --- On Fri, 4/22/11, sm+afrinic at <sm+afrinic at> wrote:
>> From: sm+afrinic at <sm+afrinic at>
>> Subject: [AfriNIC-rpd] Transfer of IPv4 Addresses to Any Entity -
>> AFPUB-2011-v4-001-draft-01
>> To: rpd at
>> Cc: "Alan Barrett" <apb at>
>> Date: Friday, April 22, 2011, 1:19 AM
>> Hello,
>> There is currently a proposal under discussion in the AfriNIC service region
>> about "Transfer of IPv4 Addresses to Any Entity".  The current draft is
>> AFPUB-2011-v4-001-draft-01.  A proposal can only become a policy if it has
>> the consensus of the Policy Development Working Group and it has been
>> approved by the AfriNIC Board of Directors.
>> The Interim co-chairs of the AfriNIC Policy Development Working Group never
>> made any determination about whether there is consensus on
>> AFPUB-2011-v4-001-draft-01 or made any recommendation on this proposal to the
>> AfriNIC Board of Directors.
>> Regards,
>> S. Moonesamy
>> Interim co-chair, AfriNIC Policy Development Working Group
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