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[rpd] New proposal - "Mandatory requirements for registering assignments and sub-allocations" (AFPUB-2014-GEN-003-DRAFT-01)

Dr Paulos Nyirenda paulos at
Fri Sep 26 16:14:56 UTC 2014


While I am still considering the proposal, I would like to comment on the process for this 
policy proposal.

Normally, a proposal that ammends a policy like this has produced a full version of the 
ammended policy and not just a list of the ammendments as has been done here. The full 
version of the policy then replaces the previous version or as the saying goes "obsoletes" the 
previous version in a tracked histrory. This allows the ammendments to be considered in the 
context of the whole policy and not just bits of it like this.

So, in this case I think the way forward would be to ask the author to insert the 
ammendments and to produce the full ammended version of AFPUB-2005-v4-001 which is 
what should be presented to RPD for discussion.

The list of ammendments can be put in the problem section of the new proposal or however 
the author wants it done with the guidance of the co-chairs BUT it is the full policy that should 
be discussed on RPD and not just the ammendments like this.

I am open to correction on the process but at least that is the way I recall its use.


Dr Paulos B Nyirenda
NIC.MW & .mw ccTLD

On 26 Sep 2014 at 15:43, Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at> wrote:

> Dear members,
> We have received a new policy Proposal - "Mandatory requirements for
> registering assignments and sub-allocations"
> (AFPUB-2014-GEN-003-DRAFT-01)
> Draft Policy name: Mandatory requirements for registering assignments
> and sub-allocations Unique identifier: AFPUB-2014-GEN-003-DRAFT-01
> Status: New Submission Date: September 22, 2014 Author: Jean Robert
> Hountomey URL:
> s/1215-mandatory-require
> ments-for-registering-assignments-and-sub-allocations Short url:
> Text Below:
> 1.Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal
> The AFRINIC IPv4 Allocation policy - AFPUB-2005-v4-001 (1) guides the
> responsible management of unique IPv4 address space in the AFRINIC
> region. The document was implemented in May 17, 2006.
> In a document called "Creating Customer Assignments" (2) last Updated
> on Monday, 02 September 2013, AFRINIC has detailed the process of
> registering LIR network infrastructure and customer IP address
> assignments in the AFRINIC whois database. While the two documents are
> still applicable, the AFRINIC community has questioned at several
> occasions AFRINIC's allocations. In addition few, AFRINIC Resource
> Members (3) have not registered their assignments in the AFRINIC
> database.
> 2.Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem
> This document merges the AFRINIC IPv4 Allocation policy and Creating
> Customer Assignments by introducing a section (section 9.7) into
> AFRINIC IPV4 Allocation Policy. In addition, the document makes
> mandatory the registration of all allocations and assignments in the
> AFRINIC database. Furthermore, the document gives the authority to
> AFRINIC staff to conduct any process after approbation by the
> community to reclaim resources from unregistered assignments /
> allocations / sub-allocation since they are considered invalid. 3.
> Proposal
> 3.1. Modification of section (8b) of the AFRINIC IPV4 Allocation
> policy by replacing "will be" by "must be".
> a. All communication with AFRINIC must be in English.
> b. All allocations and assignments must be registered in an AFRINIC
> database. Any unregistered assignments / allocations / sub-allocation
> will be considered invalid.
> The registration data (name, IP block/range, contacts, status, etc..)
> must be correct at all times. This is necessary to support network
> operations.
> 3.2 The proposal adds section (9.7) - "Mandatory Requirement for
> registering assignments" to AFRINIC IPV4 Allocation Policy.
> Assignment registration is important for several reasons:
> -To inform the Internet community which organization is using the IPv4
> address space, including the point of contact in case of operation
> problems, security
> -To ensure that the Resource Member has completed or is close to
> completing address space allocation such that the allocation of
> additional space is justified
> -Assignment Registration also helps AFRINIC in analyzing additional
> IPV4 block request made by a Resource Member in an open transparent
> process
> -Assignments must include the following mandatory attributes regarding
> the assignee: inetnum, net name, descr, country, admin-c, tech-c, org
> and any other mandatory information required as defined by an AFRINIC
> policy.
> 3.2.1 Size of block and timeframe
> All IP block assignments equal or larger than a /29 made by an AFRINIC
> Resource Member for its own network or customer must be registered and
> documented in AFRINIC Whois database no later than seven (7) business
> days after the assignment.
> 3.2.2 Residential Customers
> When the assignment is for residential customers, the address blocks
> that are being used by equipment or customer service areas, by service
> must be registered (dialup access server, DSLAM/DSL access Server,
> WIFI Access Point, WIMAX Cell, Cloud infrastructure etc..) The
> Resource Member must specify in the AFRINIC whois database that the
> block is used for Residential Customers (netname, desc)
> 3.3.3 Confidentiality.
> It is understandable that for business requirement and customer
> information protection the Resource Member might be reluctant to
> provide these information in the public database. The information must
> be provided to AFRINIC for audit purpose under confidential agreement.
> The Resources assigned must still be registered in AFRINIC Whois
> database with the following exception:
> -netname and descr must describe the usage of the block
> -all other information can be the same as the Ressource Member's
> information with the understanding that he is liable for any issue
> related to the IP Block.
> 4.References:
> (1) IPv4 Allocation Policy (Assignment Policies and Guidelines)
> ion-policies
> (2) Creating Customer Assignments
> stomer-assignments
> (3) Definition of AFRINIC Resource Member
> Useful urls:
> Policy under discussion:
> s Policy proposals:
> s About the policy development process:
> Regards
> ---
> Seun Ojedeji & Adam Nelson
> PDWG Co-Chairs

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