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

Jackson Muthili jacksonmuthi at
Sat Jul 5 07:14:58 UTC 2014

On Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 9:14 AM, Andrew Alston
<Andrew.Alston at> wrote:
> Hi All,
> Firstly, let me start by saying I write here entirely in my personal
> capacity and what follows are views that are not necessarily representative
> of the views of the AfriNIC board or any other organisation or entity to
> which I am associated or affiliated.
> I actually discussed this policy with Seun before it was posted, and I have
> certain areas of concern.
> 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.
> Firstly, I have stated before, and I will state again, having the amount of
> space AfriNIC has available and the low allocation rates is equally not in
> our interests.

Your view can be challenged on two grounds.
1. Region internet penetration is still low. Same time potential for
growth is still high. Internet still powered by Ipv4 regardless of
IPv6 hyperbole. I don't care if western and other world is migrating
into Ipv6. Fact is it has not yet happened. Ipv4 is therefore the fuel
of Internet now and our region still need it for its internet growth!
2.Like ir or not Ipv6 much as being adopted is still long long way. If
those region who run out are still buying Ipv4 all over it tells you
the picture of Ipv6 migration state.
It is in 100% Africa best interest that we still have large reserve of
ipv4 and it is in pour 100% best interest this reserve DOES NOT - MUST
NOT be stolen to be use outside Africa.
I want policy to tag a ratio of 80-90% of Africa usage where usage
means last mile user of the IP located in AFRICA.

> f. This policy shall apply to past, present and future
> allocations/assignments made by AFRINIC.
> I have an issue with this, and there is precedent.  Legacy space is not
> bound by the same rules as new allocations because it was allocated before
> those rules were implemented.

You are right. Therefore let those legacies companies start their own
registry and whois services and remove their IPs from the services of
Afrinic and use their own? If your answer is no then stop closing your
eye to fact that a service received MUST be paid for. Keeping your
legacy information in whois services costs registry money but you want
it for free I fail to see how you support this??? (specially as board
member even if you now speak not as one in your contributions)

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