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[AfriNIC-rpd] Consensus call on Section 3.8 of AFPUB-2010-v4-005-draft-02 - IPv4 Soft Landing

Owen DeLong owen at
Fri May 6 15:28:51 UTC 2011

On May 6, 2011, at 4:10 AM, JP Viljoen wrote:

> On Fri, May 6, 2011 at 11:38 AM, Mark Elkins <mje at> wrote:
>> I believe I was the person who suggested the 10% rule.
>> Firstly - we are talking about the use of the last "/8" that AfriNIC
>> has. ie - this is potentially the last IPv4 address space AfriNIC may
>> ever have. By the time we get to using this space - it may in fact be
>> the last (virgin) unallocated IPv4 address space on the planet - as I
>> expect that the other regions may have totally used their address space
>> - unless people are returning unneeded space back to their RIR's.
>> My reason for the 10% rule was to ensure that this last space was used
>> by Africans for the benefit of the African region - and not used by
>> non-african companies who simply have (or set up) an African address,
>> applying for addresses then spiriting the address space out of Africa to
>> be used totally outside Africa. The 10% is a guestimation on how much of
>> the address space would need to be used out of Africa in order to bring
>> services into Africa. Most of the objections to this surround the fact
>> that it may not be possible to police whether more than 10% is being
>> used outside Africa. As much as anything - I see the 10% rule as a stick
>> that can be used if needed. Its really to stop blatant misuse of AfriNIC
>> resources - Companies attempting to export the address space with next
>> to no interest in Africa. Would I suggest using the stick if
>> "AfricanCompany" uses a little over 10% of the address space in order to
>> bring new services into Africa - No! If the same entity uses all the
>> address space to set up a new network in Europe - then Yes.
> <snip>
> Surely this could be better solved by making sure that the company is
> a real African entity, as opposed to a non-African entity who set up a
> branch in Africa with the sole purpose of getting more space.

How would you codify this into policy? Where would you draw the line
and on what basis?


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