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[AfriNIC-rpd] IPv4 Soft Landing

Andrew Alston aa at
Fri Jun 10 05:51:13 UTC 2011

Hi Ata,

It would seem from your post below that you do did not understand the
sentiment behind clause 3.8 of the soft landing policy in its new form.

To quote:

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

Very specifically the part about foreign operators.  The current clause does
not propose to supply IP addressing to foreign operators at all.  It is to
allow for African operators who are running international infrastructure to
number their routers and other infrastructure so that it can connect back to
the continent.

There are many African ISP's in good standing who do have international
infrastructure.  Keep in mind, when you buy a point to point L1/L2 circuit,
you have to terminate it on something, and it requires addressing, on both
ends.  If you are leasing a circuit from an international provider *AND*
they are supplying IP services, then yes, they should supply the point to
point addresses (potentially), however, if you are buying a NON IP service
and landing on your OWN equipment, that becomes your responsibility.

Generally speaking, you number your own equipment, other than your end of IP
services, so your router loopbacks, your own internal point to points,
potentially any anycast subnets that are used within your own network etc.

With all this in mind, I have to say I do not see the relevance of your
comments in the context of the discussion.



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