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[rpd] New proposal - "Out-Of-Region Use of AFRINIC Internet Number Resources" (AFPUB-2014-GEN-002-DRAFT-01)

Seun Ojedeji seun.ojedeji at
Fri Jul 4 14:55:18 UTC 2014

Dear members,

We have received a new policy Proposal - "Out-Of-Region Use of AFRINIC
Internet Number Resources" (AFPUB-2014-GEN-002-DRAFT-01)

Draft Policy name: Out-Of-Region Use of AFRINIC Internet Number Resources
Unique identifier: AFPUB-2014-GEN-002-DRAFT-01
Status: New
Submission Date 03 JULY 2014
Author: Douglas Onyango
Short url:

Text Below:

1) Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal

Currently, AFRINIC policies do not explicitly allow or disallow
Out-Of-Region use of Internet number resources. This silence on an
important facet of number resource management jeopardizes administration by
leaving staff to arbitrarily decide how to handle Out-Of-Region requests.
The imminent exhaustion of IPv4 aggravates the situation because it is
anticipated that organizations from other regions will have more incentive
to exploit this and any other loophole in AFRINIC polices to acquire
resources for sale or use outside the region - a practice that is not in
AFRINIC's best interests.

2) Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem

This policy allows up to 40% of Internet number resources in use by a
member to be outside the region. It also tries to be a disincentive for
organizations from other regions that want to acquire resources from
AFRINIC for use in ways that are not in line with AFRINIC's best interests.

For the avoidance of doubt, the author does not seek to prolong the
lifespan of IPv4 with this proposal but rather, to ensure that number
resources allocated/assigned by AFRINIC are used by legitimate members from
the service region to support their network operations, regardless of
physical location.

3) Proposal

a. Upon ratification of this proposal, out-of-region use of AFRINIC's
number resources shall be permitted as long it is preceded by use within
the region.

b. Notwithstanding (3.a), the number resources used outside the region at
any given point in time shall not exceed 40% of the total space in use by a
member. Total space in use shall be calculated as follows: if x be the
allocation/assignment size; and x-y the amount of space in use at time z,
then 40% of (x-y) shall be the ceiling).

c. AFRINIC staff shall at their discretion, and using whatever means are
available, assess compliance with 3.a/b.

d. This proposal shall forthwith be part of the acceptable use policy for
Internet numbers any breaches shall be dealt with in accordance with the
RSA other AFRINIC policies.

e. This policy shall not be applied in mutual exclusion, but rather
complement already existing policies and other eligibility criteria
prescribed by AFRINIC.

f. This policy shall apply to past, present and future
allocations/assignments made by AFRINIC.

g. This policy shall remain in effect until:

1. It is mooted by another policy or it is superseded by a board resolution.

2. Until section 3.8 of the IPv4 Soft-landing Policy kicks in. (Use of IPv4
space from the last /8 outside the region shall be only to facilitate
connectivity back to the region).
Previous Versions

03/07/2014: Version AFPUB-2014-GEN-001-DRAFT-01 posted to the mailing list.

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Policy proposals:
About the policy development process:

Seun Ojedeji & Adam Nelson
PDWG Co-Chairs
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