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[AfriNIC-rpd] IPv4 Soft Landing

Graham Beneke graham at
Fri Jun 10 05:59:27 UTC 2011

On 09/06/2011 17:31, ata wrote:
> Upstream ISP's are paid to render
> services.The services they render are
> not for free but for a fee.We pay
> upstream ISP's to carry our traffic.
> if Upstream ISP's run out of resources,
> we are not expected to provides
> resources to them and pay them as well
> for hosting the services they claim
> they can render.
> In this regard the IPv4 soft landing
> policy referring to the use of african
> resouces is not in the interest of
> Africans as there is high demand for
> IPv4 dual stacking on the african
> continent.
> In this regard, i propose that we
> maintain the IP resources within Africa
> and instead demand the the remote
> foreign operator/peer provide
> their  IP numbers on our African
> continent.

All large African providers have a point of presence outside where they 
peer with the rest of the Internet. These need numbering. It is only the 
small providers (who buy from one of the big providers) that have all 
their equipment based on the continent.

> Let the foreign provider use their IP
> address to provide transit or peering
> services locally.

Asia-Pacific region is already effectively out of available addresses. 
The European region will have run out by the end of the year. Where is 
"big foreign transit provider" going to get these IPs from?

>   This will not only promote business in
> Africa but also further improves the
> hosting services on the continent. We
> are promoting Internet exchange
> points(IXP) around the world, and
> Africa is no exception.
> Routing traffic through and on the
> African continent is not a crime.
> I will propose that African resources
> be used solely within the African
> region.

The *Internet* requires links between the continents otherwise its 
becomes the *Afronet*. What you are suggesting will kill the Internet - 
not help it

Graham Beneke

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