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[AfriNIC-rpd] Policy Proposal: End user classification for Universities

Douglas Onyango ondouglas at
Fri Jun 29 07:50:27 UTC 2012

On 28 June 2012 22:37, Andrew Alston <alston.networks at> wrote:
> In the mean time, as stated at the start of this email, perhaps its time for
> us to start documenting the definition of an LIR.  And I would propose the
> following wording:

Our current IPv4 allocation policy - AFPUB-2005-v4-001 and the
Softlanding have a definition of LIR:
(AFPUB-2005-v4-001) 5.3 Local Internet Registry (LIR)
----------------------------- ------
A Local Internet Registry (LIR) is an IR that receives allocations
from an RIR and primarily assigns address space to 'end-users'. LIRs
are generally ISPs. Their customers are other ISPs and possibly
end-users. LIRs must be members of AfriNIC.
5.4 Allocation

(AFPUB-2010-v4-005-draft-05) 3.2
End User
An End User is an organization that receives assignments of IP
addresses exclusively for use in its operational networks

And I am comfortable with these definitions as they stand

> If the community is prepared to adopt this definition, then perhaps any such
> policy as the one proposed would become unnecessary.
> Any thoughts on this?

I think there is sufficient precedent to show that other Universities
with multiple departments have got address space in the past and this
means the policies available are sound.

My assessment of the situation is that there could have been an issue
in interpretation and implementation of the policy - something that
Ernest and another staff have stepped up to clarify. I feel that your
description of your requirements that as I understand seemed to cover
institutions outside of the university could have lead to the
conclusion that you should be LIR: a conclusion I would support given
this factor.

However, AfriNIC says they have not given a formal response and so I
wouldn't discuss this any further but rather wait on them to respond.

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