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[AFRINIC-rpd] Academic IPv4 Allocation Policy Second Draft (AFPUB-2013-GEN-001-DRAFT-02)

Andrew Alston alston.networks at
Fri Jan 25 16:50:28 UTC 2013

Hi Badru,

> I think we all know and agree that the BYOD option is inevitable and it
does not take a genius to see the financial benefits.  The question here is
we must have some agreed and feasible boundaries.  We need to make 
> sure that as we request resources which are finite and also have some
monitory implications we have some consideration on the sustainability of
the institution(AfriNIC).  

> i think the main issue is how many devices per student and how does that
fit in the resource optimization and sustainability model.  Lets add some
practical angle here.  You cannot honestly say that we should be looking at 
> 5 devices per student in my book this is too high. (personal opinion)

Actually - That's exactly what we're saying.  And the statistics and
information gathered from higher education institutions indicate that this
is actually accurate.   Currently we're already seeing in excess of 3
devices per student on wifi networks in certain large urban institutions.
Add to the fact that you need almost 1 address per individual for the wired
infrastructure, that's already at 4, and its climbing, fast.

The original proposal put it at 3, it was by community request that we
raised it to 5.  We went with 3 in the original proposal because we figured
that that was pretty much an absolute minimum, and we weren't sure on the
community reaction to it, however, the community came back on this list and
spoke so far...

As for the financial implications...   AfriNIC has already increased the
price of the EU allocations (though see comments about my strenuous
objections to the new structure), and if need be, raise them further.  Fact
is, at the moment by AfriNIC's own financial statement, the current fee
structures are covering costs *before* the increase in PI fees, and the 2011
budget as per the report indicates a drop in operational costs in the budget
as well.  If the organization is in such need of money, fee adjustments can
be done.  (Note, there has been no increase in fees on the LIR fees since
2008 as wel that I can see, so there is also room to move there).

Regarding the financial implications as well btw, I asked on this list once
before and I ask it again.  According to the new bylaws, as members we have
the right to request a full copy of the latest audit report.  Can you, as
chair of the board, please enlighten us as to how we go about requesting
such and what documentation is required.  (The FULL report, which as per the
annual report notation is at least 23 pages long)


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