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[rpd] Re: [members-discuss] Virtual Africa is the logical target for IP address colonists

Stephen Wilcox steve.wilcox at
Wed Jun 18 19:41:04 UTC 2014


This reminds me of one of the many stories, metaphors, proverbs where
people try frantically yet in vain to stop something from happening which
is already an inevitability... choose the one that you prefer to relate to
the story of AfriNIC's remaining IPv4 address space.

First, just a reminder, but AfriNIC has 3x /8s remaining, this compared to
other RIRs which each burned 3x /8s in just over a year... so its very much
the case of trying to stop a flood which is already underway.

Second, remember the general rule of thumb that the more complicated the
policy the more holes and exceptions and easier it will be to circumvent.

So, if you want the goal to be to preserving space for use in the African
region then follow the logical rules to make policy:

1) Address space only be made available to African *owned* companies

2) Address space only justifiable for allocation for African *based*

3) A cap on the maximum amount of space an LIR can obtain *regardless of
justification* - perhaps one level for now, and a lower level when the
final /8 is reached (RIPE implemented a /22 per LIR for example when the
final /8 was reached)

4) Consider imposing a requirement on LIRs/end users to demonstrate they
are running IPv6 to the extent of their ability (limit of
upstream/downstream technology without significant investment) after the
initial IPv4 allocation before granting larger IPv4 blocks.

Any other twists or turns you make will not be acceptable to some of the
parties, and if you try to make individual policies for local business,
international business, universities etc you'll just create sufficient
complication that the address space will all be gone before you finish
debating the wording and plugging the holes.

As a curiosity, its interesting that whilst innovation comes traditionally
from research and education, it seems to be the special case of RENs that
they want more than anyone to have access to more IPv4 addresses. In fact,
they are the ones who can lead IPv6, CGNAT and produce trained engineers
who later move from education to industry taking their modern technology
with them.

- my 2 cents :)


On 18 June 2014 19:58, Adiel Akplogan <adiel at> wrote:

> [I think that the discussion has taken a path which now need it to be
> moved to the rpd list]
> On Jun 18, 2014, at 17:13 PM, Douglas Onyango <ondouglas at> wrote:
> > On 18 June 2014 12:02, Adiel Akplogan <adiel at> wrote:
> >> In this discussion I don't think the real challenge is about
> organisations that already have a well established footprint in the region
> trying to expend their network out of Africa, but rather about how far an
> IP Analyst can go using his/her own judgment in cases where a company (new
> or not) recently decide to enter the IP service business/market and is
> requesting resources that will obviously be used in majority (up to 5%-90%
> as we already seen) outside of the region.
> >
> > I agree with the problem description. I have said the same thing in a
> > previous email and also mentioned that the policy I am drafting will
> > strike a balance between the two interests.
> Good to hear this.
> - a.
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