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[rpd] Afrinic policy proposal—Afrinic Service guild lines

Alan Barrett apb at
Sun Nov 23 04:27:58 UTC 2014

On Fri, 21 Nov 2014, Lu Heng wrote:
>My allocation has been told that under board decision for past 2 month.

I am not aware of anything in the IPv4 
allocation policy, (AFPUB-2005-v4-001 
that provides for review or decision making by the board.

>And for whom ask about how and why we used up our allocation--simple
>reply--none of your business.

It is very much Afrinic's business to know how an applicant is 
using or plans to use their address space, so that they can check 
how much address space is appropriate, and whether policies have 
been followed.  Policies specifically require applicants to 
provide documentation of their network plans.

For example, see the following parts of AFPUB-2005-v4-001:

6.5 Assignment
... Assignments must only be made for specific purposes documented 
by specific organisations and are not to be sub-assigned to other 

7.2 Conflict of goals
... IRs evaluating requests for allocations and assignments must 
carefully analyze all relevant considerations and must seek to 
balance the needs of the applicant with the needs of the Internet 
community as a whole. ...

7.3 Documentation
In order to properly evaluate requests, an RIR must carefully 
examine all relevant documentation relating to the networks in 
question. Such documentation may include network engineering 
plans, subnetting plans, descriptions of network topology, and 
descriptions of network routing plans. All documentation should 
conform to a consistent standard and any estimates and predictions 
that are documented must be realistic and justifiable.

8.1 Introduction
... Determination of IP address space allocation size is the 
responsibility of AFRINIC staff.

9.1 Documentation
The information required by AFRINIC to justify an end-user's 
IP address requirements include addressing needs, network 
infrastructure and future plans. Such information is required 
when an LIR is requesting IP space for their end-users at the 
time of sending in the request. In order to ensure that previous 
sub-allocation are not duplicated, the current address space usage 
is also required. This information is essential in making the 
appropriate sub-allocation approvals, and the level of detail will 
depend on the size of the request and complexity of the network. 

If it's an end user assignment, then in 
addition to the general requirements in 
AFPUB-2005-v4-001, the requirements in AFPUB-2006-GEN-001 
also apply.  They include:

4 Additional Assignment
... Requestors must show exactly how previous address assignments 
have been utilized and must provide appropriate details to verify 
their one-year growth projection. ...

--apb (Alan Barrett)

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