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[AfriNIC-rpd] RE:AFPUB-2011-v4-003-draft-02 - Limited Out of Region Allocation of IPv4 Resources - of Legacy Space

Walubengo J jwalu at
Tue May 10 05:44:41 UTC 2011

Thnx Owen, McTIm, Andrew et al.

Am richly educated by your insights.  The overall point is really not to copy and paste ARIN  procedure/policy or whatever they had to do with legacy, non-legacy and or "traded" space.   The major point is that some precedent was set in the M$, Nortel deal and as AfriNIC we need to start thinking about its implications.

My take is that due to the faster depletion of v4 space in the developed economies, we are going to see more tactical moves by companies both local and foreign seeking to sell, acquire and speculate with v4 addresses.

Indeed I sense the feeling that "Legacy" space should not be up for discussion and/pr policy discourse given that it was acquired in the pre-RIR dispensation.  However, I fear that a highly liberalized, free-for all behaviour with regard to Legacy space will set a precedent that will eventually be adopted for non-legacy space.

As such, I would be willing to support a policy discussion around this point.  Unfortunately I dont have the specifics as yet and further to that, I see my concerns partly addressed (wrongly or otherwise) in some of the proposed policy discussions scheduled for Dar.

I think I will very much keep observing the developments as they unfold locally (AfriNIC) and abroad (other RIRs).


--- On Tue, 5/10/11, Owen DeLong <owen at> wrote:

From: Owen DeLong <owen at>
Subject: Re: [AfriNIC-rpd] RE:AFPUB-2011-v4-003-draft-02 - Limited Out of Region Allocation of IPv4 Resources - of Legacy Space
To: "Walubengo J" <jwalu at>
Cc: rpd at, mje at
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 3:52 AM

Your characterization is not entirely correct. I have some knowledge of what happened, but, itis limited. I will stick to what I know factually and leave out my opinions for now...
1.	M$ and Nortel had come to an agreement in Bankruptcy court.2.	Nortel was apparently selling M$ addresses that they had obtained through the	acquisition of other entities, though they had never formalized these acquisitions	with ARIN.3.	ARIN approved the transfer to M$ under NRPM section 8.3 and I believe the process	of doing so is still on-going.
4.	According to John Curran, M$ did provide a needs-basis justification for the	addresses they are receiving in this process.
5.	M$ is signing a modified Legacy Registration Services Agreement with ARIN.
6.	The exact nature of the agreement is unknown outside of ARIN staff, legal, and	M$.
7.	The court allowed M$ to keep the exact address ranges secret.
The policy was not put in place special for M$ and has been on the books for sometime. The policy was originally approved through the emergency PDP within ARIN,but, did not get implemented until it had been returned to the regular policy developmentprocess, so, it was not, in fact, rushed through.
For reference, the relevant ARIN draft policies were 2008-2, 2008-15, and 2009-1.
All of the policies and their progress are published on the ARIN web site.
This transfer policy is not legacy-specific.
On May 9, 2011, at 4:17 AM, Walubengo J wrote:

M$ bought the legacy space with a lot of $$$.  What I liked is that ARIN quickly got M$ to subsequently put this space under their Service Contracts.  I think they fast-fowarded a Policy around this (anyone with specific/actual url on this?)

Am just wondering maybe AfriNIC should discuss a similar policy since we do have quite some legacy space particular in SA which according to contemporary understanding AfriNIC cannot control its "departure"/"exchange".


--- On Sun, 5/8/11, Mark Elkins <mje at> wrote:

From: Mark Elkins <mje at>
Subject: RE: [AfriNIC-rpd] AFPUB-2011-v4-003-draft-02 - Limited Out of Region Allocation of IPv4 Resources
 rpd at
Date: Sunday, May 8, 2011, 9:12 PM

Oh? - why do you want to wait until they are completely out rather than
just in their final /8 - which restricts LIR's to a single /22 (or
something similar)? Most Soft landing policies have something like that.

...except ARIN who does not have a soft landing policy (just lots of
historical legacy space to re-sell....)

I'd be happy allowing anyone that has a need to have these addresses -
at a price of course!

(What did Microsoft recently pay per IPv4 address?) 

On Sun, 2011-05-08 at 19:30 +0200, Andrew Alston wrote:
> Hi There,
> Not until such time as APNIC is completely out of address space, if I
> recall they are currently in their last /8, but they are still
> allocating from within that. 
> Once they state "We cannot allocate ANY more" this would start to apply
> Andrew
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: rpd-bounces at [mailto:rpd-bounces at] On
> > Behalf Of SM
> > Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2011 6:54 PM
> > To: rpd at
> > Subject: [AfriNIC-rpd] AFPUB-2011-v4-003-draft-02 - Limited Out of
> > Region Allocation of IPv4 Resources
> > 
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I have a few comments about AFPUB-2011-v4-003-draft-02 (Limited Out
> > of Region Allocation of IPv4 Resources).  In Section 3:
> > 
> >    "Upon the depletion of IPv4 resources within any of the
> >     LACNIC/ ARIN regions, AfriNIC will begin to allow foreign entities
> >     to take membership of AfriNIC and under such foreign membership
> >     obtain allocations of space, made available from a single /8 out
> >     of AfriNIC's IP space holding."
> > 
> > As APNIC is in Stage Three of IPv4 exhaustion in the Asia Pacific,
> > would this proposal be applicable for that region?
> > 
> > Section 4 and 5 contains the same text.  The Revision History also
> > contains that text.
> > 
> > Regards,
> > -sm
> > 
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