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[AFRINIC-rpd] RE: IPv4 Address Allocation and Assignment proposal

Keshwarsingh Nadan keshwarsingh.nadan at
Tue Sep 10 17:05:13 UTC 2013

Guys just my 2 cents...

7.3 Documentation

In order to properly evaluate requests, an RIR must carefully examine all relevant documentation relating to the networks in question. Such documentation may include network engineering plans, subnetting plans, descriptions of network topology, and descriptions of network routing plans. All documentation should conform to a consistent standard set by the hostmasters and any estimates and predictions that are documented must be realistic and justifiable. An RIR may also request remote access to the network in question but not be limited to:

- Colocation customer equipment (Hypervisors, Routers, Servers, Switches).
- Core routers.
- DHCP servers.
- Hypervisors.

7.4 Fairness

All policies and practices relating to the use of public address space will apply on a case to case basis to all existing and potential members of AFRINIC.

8.4 Additional Allocation

An LIR may receive an additional allocation when about 80% of all the address space currently allocated to it has been used in valid assignments and/or sub-allocations and subject to clause 7.3. A new allocation can also be made if single assignment or sub-allocation requires more addresses than those currently held by the LIR and also depending on the mood of the hostmasters.

Reservations are not considered as valid assignments or sub-allocations. It may be useful for internal aggregation to keep some IP blocks free for future growth. These internal reservations are however not counted as valid usage and must be assigned or sub-allocated before requesting for an additional allocation.

AFRINIC will always try to allocate contiguous address ranges, allowing the LIR to minimise the number of route announcements it makes. However, it will not always be possible to allocate a range contiguous with the LIR's previous allocation.

11) Record keeping by LIRs

LIR's must keep and maintain records of any documentation regarding assignments and sub-allocations to end users. It is needed for future reference when evaluating requests from the same organisation and for any audits by AFRINIC. These documents should be kept electronically for easier access. It's advisable that these records should include but not be limited to:

- The original request.
- Supporting documentation.
- Related correspondence between LIR and end-user (an RIR may ask for a remote access to the LIR mailboxes).
- Decision of the assignment, and reasons behind any unusual decision.
- Role of person that made the decision.

Keshwarsingh NADAN

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