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

Owen DeLong owen at
Tue Jan 15 18:41:36 UTC 2013

I oppose codifying a ratio into policy.

For one thing, 3 is ridiculously low. I can't imagine that we won't face a future where students have at a minimum, a laptop, smart phone, and tablet device of some form (3). Likely there will also be several that keep desktop computers in their dorm rooms. (4).

Add the need for addresses for servers, infrastructure, computer labs, etc. and you are probably closer to 6 or 7 if not approaching 10.

Of course, in a few years, counting hosts will be obsolete and the question will be multiplying students by 65,536 to count the number of networks needed (or, perhaps a little less if you have multiple students per dorm room in which case, you'd only need to figure on 65,536 networks per dorm room if you wanted to be conservative).

Other than the codified ratio, I support the policy.

I would support the policy if the policy statement were modified as follows:

Replace 3.4 with:
3.4 Under the policy, HEI shall be eligible to receive IPv4 resources at a ratio not less than 5 IPv4 addresses per student, rounded up to the nearest bit-aligned prefix. Applications based on a ratio as high as 10:1 shall be given due consideration and should be approved unless the justification is believed by AfriNIC staff to be specious or fraudulent in nature.


On Jan 15, 2013, at 7:14 AM, Andrew Alston <alston.networks at> wrote:

> 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.
> Thanks
> Andrew
> 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 institutions.
> 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 mandatory.
> 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 criteria
>                 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 environment.
> 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 application.
> 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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