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

ALAIN AINA aalain at
Wed May 18 13:19:49 UTC 2011

Dear PDWG Co-chairs

Please find inline our responses to your questions 

On May 9, 2011, at 1:42 PM, sm+afrinic at wrote:

> Dear Alain,
> From Section 3.8 of AFPUB-2010-v4-005-draft-02:
> "For each allocation or assignment made during the Exhaustion Phase,
>  no more than 10% of these resources may be used outside of the AfriNIC
>  region, and any use outside the AfriNIC region shall be solely in
>  support of connectivity back to the AfriNIC region."
> I would like to request the following information from AfriNIC:
> (a) Can that sentence of AFPUB-2010-v4-005-draft-02 be implemented?
> (b) How will that sentence of AFPUB-2010-v4-005-draft-02 be implemented?

All members sign the RSA which  defines:

1-The conditions of Services
2- The Applicant Usage of the services

The applicant :

- - is bound by All policies
- - commit itself in using  the services surely for the purpose it was requested for
- - is at all times bound to provide to AfriNIC such information, assistance and cooperation as may be reasonably required by the latter in the provision of the service. Request  which may be made also when AfriNIC is reviewing or investigating the applicant utilization of the resources already assigned to it 

Failure to comply may :

(1)     entail revocation or withholding of the service supplied by AfriNIC.

(2)     be taken into account by AfriNIC in its evaluation for further and future assignment or allocation of  numbering resources.

(3)    lead to the closure of an LIR and termination of the agreement by AfriNIC.

> (c) Is the idea that AfriNIC will decertify (in the RPKI sense) or
>     deregister (in the Whois/registration database sense) prefixes that
>     have been identified to violate that paragraph?
> (d) Is the idea AfriNIC will tag prefixes used in violation of this policy
>     such that ISPs all around the world will voluntarily refuse to listen
>     to non-AfriNIC-region announcements of these prefixes?

Once a member's right to use  the resources has been terminated for  any reasons, this will be  reflected in all  AfriNIC public registration and database systems. 

> (e) What mechanisms will AfriNIC use to identify prefixes being used
>     in violation of that sentence?

- -Information on the assignments in its databases(inetnum objects )
- -Information to be provided by the members about the utilization of the resources allocated
- -Any  appropriate technical mechanisms in place during the investigations 

> (f) What are requirements that an AfriNIC member have to fulfill to qualify
>     for IPv4 address space?

- - Must be a company legally incorporated in the AfriNIC service region.
- - Show immediate & justifiable need for the address space.
- - Request enough to meet 12-month need.

> (g) To what extend have AfriNIC members used IPv4 address space outside
>     the AfriNIC service region?

We would have to do further analysis and research on this to report
> (h) Is there any existing policy that covers the usage of IPv4 address
>     space for Anycast?


> (i) Can IPv4 address space provided by AfriNIC be used for Anycast outside
>     the AfriNIC service region?

No policy currently explicitly bars usage of space outside the
AfriNIC service region.
> (j) Has there been a "run" on IPv4 addresses in the AfriNIC service region
>     since the IANA pool of available IPv4 addresses was exhausted?

Yes. We have received, and are processing several large requests at
the same time. (A /8, some /10s, /11s, etc).

> (k) How long will it be before the available pool of AfriNIC IPv4 address is
>     exhausted under existing policies?

The pool has approx 75m IP addresses. Average consumption rates
hover around 700,000 addresses per month. If factors remain
constant, that's approx 9 years to exhaustion.
> (l) How long will it be before the available pool of AfriNIC IPv4 address
>     is exhausted if AFPUB-2010-v4-005-draft-02 is implemented?

This also requires more analysis.
Exact numbers can be provided in a few days.

Hope this helps
- --Alain
Acting CEO
> Regards,
> S. Moonesamy
> Interim co-chair
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