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[AFRINIC-rpd] Academic IPV4 Allocation Policy - Draft 1

Andrew Alston alston.networks at
Tue Jan 15 15:14:16 UTC 2013

Hi All,


Please see the policy proposed below and can we get some discussion going so
that we can modify/edit as the community feels necessary in order to get
this tabled at the next meeting later this year.






Unique Identifier:            AFPUB-2013-GEN-001-DRAFT-01

Draft Policy Name:          Academic IPv4 Allocation

Policy Author(s):              Andrew Alston aa at

                                                Sunday Folayan
sfolayan at

Date:                                     January 14, 2013

Related Policies:               None

Amends:                              None


1)            Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal


Given that the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Africa are growing,
and that Internet access within these academic Institutions is critical to
the educational experience of students, it is necessary to provide
sufficient address space to these HEIs to allow them to function
effectively.  When we consider that such institutions are constantly
upgrading their Infrastructure and bandwidth to support technologies which
are severely limited in environments using Network Address Translation
(NAT), we believe that it is important that HEIs desirous of public address
space should have the ability to migrate away from NAT. Such migration will
help promote technologies such as multicast and the convergence of voice and
data networks, which will in turn drive down the costs within such

By promoting the elimination of NATs, this proposal will also assist
Universities in their migration to IPv6, and in fact, to qualify under this
proposal, dual-stack and/or rollout of IPv6 at the qualifying institution is


2) Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem


                a) This proposal will simplify the allocation of address
space to HEIs by detailing and simplifying the address justification

                b) This proposal recognizes HEIs as end users, and removes
the confusion previously seen where arguments have occurred as to the status
of the applying institution.

                c) This proposal helps to reduce the dependence of HEIs on
NATs, and is in line with AfriNIC's own policy of not promoting the usage of
such translation mechanisms.

                d) This proposal encourages the adoption of IPv6 by making
the rollout of IPv6 a criterion for qualification under this proposal.


3) Proposal


Academic Institutions qualify for IP address space from AfriNIC based on the
number of registered full time students on their campus.


3.1) To qualify for address space, Academic institutions will need to apply
as end users and provide the following documentation:

                3.1.1) Proof of University registration/accreditation

                3.1.2) Proof of the number of registered full time students

3.2)  In addition to the documentation specified in clause 3.1, institutions
will need to provide details of planned/current IPv6 roll-outs, including
committed time frames for the roll-out of IPv6.

3.3) For the purposes of this policy, the roll-out of IPv6 can only be
considered to be a true IPv6 roll-out, if IPv6 is extended to the edge of
the network, beyond just the core/server infrastructure.

3.4) Under the policy, an HEI shall qualify for IP addresses on the basis of
a 1:3 student:address ratio, so as to cater for the wide spread and
increasing use of portable devices

(smartphones/tablets/notebooks) being brought onto campus by students.

3.5) HEIs will be classified as End Users under this policy, on provision of
a duly authorized letter from the institution management stating that
address space allocated will not be used outside of the campus/academic

3.6) HEIs qualifying under this proposal will qualify for the same academic
discounts that are applicable to any academic institution at the time of

3.7) Since any HEI that has a large base of full time registered students,
has to, by the very nature of their function, have equipment on campus, this
policy dispenses for the need for a HEI to provide detailed proof of
equipment and infrastructure.


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