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[AFRINIC-rpd] IPv4 Address Allocation and Assignment proposal

madhvi Gokool madhvi at
Wed Sep 11 10:25:07 UTC 2013

Dear Colleagues

Please find below my comments regarding the above post on this mailing
list .

Registration Services has observed that most members requesting for
additional resources are not fully policy compliant at the time of
request submission for different reasons(mainly when it comes to
registering assignments in the whois DB). Usually the hostmasters assist
and coach them in the process of properly registering their used
resources and generally the outcome has been positive.

During request evaluation, AFRINIC hostmasters verify the assignments
registered by the member in the whois database to determine the usage
ratio and ensure non-overlapping assignment etc…]. Due to the nature of
the business of some members, they register the whole pool of their IP
allocation as a single assignment. In this case, hostmasters request for
either :-
a) READ-ONLY/ temporary access toany monitoring system the members have
so that they can view the concurrent sessions during peak hours & also
the historical data/growthor
b) a video conference where member can show them the live graphs. The
LIRs get to make accurate projections based on their average growth rate
as well & receive allocations that will meet their needs for the next 12

Hostmasters are aware of the sensitive nature of the information that is
shared with them during the evaluation process. A lot of LIR members
have security policies in place and we respect that. In the majority of
the requests, our members demonstrate how the current allocations are
being used (valid assignments) via remote sessions e.g webex or limited
duration remote sessions during which hostmasters view the statistics
and "coach" the members into submitting the snapshots/graphs that will
provide justification to their request.

If the LIRs don't have such a system in place, they even propose
alternatives in which they could show that the IP addresses are in use ,
and AFRINIC collaborated with them & accepted them. The results have
been positive in these cases as well.

Instead of rejecting requests for non-compliance with the policies, the
hostmasters have adopted a "teach and approve" approach to educate the
members into how they can manage their IP resources and also to make
their future requests as painless as possible.
In the case of this particular post on the mailing list, the hostmasters
have persevered in encouraging the member to comply with the AFRINIC

AFRINIC has again received a request in which an LIR located in its
service region has ISPs incorporated outside the AFRINIC service region
as customers and the majority of the allocations are assigned to these
customers' customers.

It so happens that I presented a policy implementation experience report
during the most recent AIS meeting in Lusaka in which I elaborated on
the issues that Registration Services at AFRINIC encountered including
similar to this and tried its best to overcome. The presentation is
available at the link below and we at AFRINIC hope that the community
will address them & come will clear answers to them.
If you have any further queries regarding the policy implementation
report, please feel free to post them on the rpd list.


Madhvi Gokool                          Tel:   +230 403 51 00
Registration Service Manager           Sip: madhvi at
(E): madhvi at                   

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