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[AfriNIC-rpd] Definitions of LIR versus End User

Badru Ntege ntegeb at
Mon Jul 23 10:49:43 UTC 2012

Hope did not miss anything in the question.
> Let me put this question to the list.
> Would an internet cafe that has its own IP space be an LIR under these
> theories if they allowed customers to come in and plug in their own
> notebooks?
[Ntege Badru] 

Wikipedia suggests as follows 

A local Internet registry (LIR) is an organization that has been allocated a
block of IP addresses by a regional Internet registry (RIR), and that
assigns most parts of this block to its own customers.
 Most LIRs are Internet service providers, enterprises, or academic
institutions. Membership in an RIR is required to become an LIR.

So an internet café has occasional users who do not have a permanent
assignment from the café.   So they would be an enterprise in this context
getting an allocation from an LIR.  However if they got the allocation from
an RIR it still  would not make them an LIR.



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