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[AfriNIC-rpd] Definitions of LIR versus End User

Andrew Alston alston.networks at
Mon Jul 23 11:46:27 UTC 2012

Hi JM,

Yes however, that definition is currently clearly not adequate considering the amount of debate about what qualifies as inside/outside their organization :)

Consider a bank, that has multiple departments, all adminned by central IP, in my mind, thats an end user

Consider a university, multiple faculties, all adminned by central IP, in my mind, thats an end user, however, others seem to believe that that somehow makes them an LIR.

Its all a little ambiguous and Im still not sure how to resolve this.


On 23 Jul 2012, at 1:42 PM, Jackson Muthili wrote:

> Hello Andrew,
> On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM, Andrew Alston <alston.networks at> wrote:
> > I actually agree here in the context of the LIR vs End User debate.
> >
> > That however raises 2 issues, firstly, as I stated, I believe these definitions need to be made less ambiguous so that we can get some consistency and a clear picture.  There is currently no definition of End user in our policies even though the term is used.
> End User is definition is there.
> AfriNIC assigns blocks of IP addresses to end-users who request address space for their internal use in running their own networks, but not for sub-delegation or reassignment of those addresses outside their organization. 
> Cheers.
> JM

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