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[rpd] New Proposal - "Number Resources Transfer Policy (AFPUB-2015-GEN-001-DRAFT-01)"

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at
Wed Nov 4 08:08:56 UTC 2015

I for one support this policy, albeit with some modifications, for the following reasons.

A.) As space depletion accelerates in Africa, we will get to a point where a transfer policy that allows for transfers WITHIN Africa comes necessary.  Once the space is depleted a transfer policy will be required to stop the transfers happening outside of policy and hence outside of any control of AfriNIC.  Do not doubt they will happen with or without the policy, the only difference is that with the policy, the whois databases and the rest at least have a vague potential of being kept accurate
B.) While there will be a counter argument that space in AfriNIC will still take an age to deplete, I point out that policy ratification in AfriNIC takes a LONG time as we go through the iterations. (I point to the soft landing policy which took YEARS to get ratified)
C.) I do not think that we should base this on African companies expanding outwards, I’d be quite happy with a modification to this policy that supported transfer of assets WITHIN the African region between African players, and prohibits the transfer of space to companies outside of the region.  Keep in mind, that as we currently stand, there is no policy prohibition on using AfriNIC assigned space off continent (while there is a proposal under discussion, this has been rejected twice so far), and hence if the receiving entity is African, they can still, provided they can adequately justify it, use the space where they need to use it.

I do think that an express prohibition on transfers outside of the region (which is NOT the same as a restriction on genuine African entities using their space outside the region for their own customers/purposes) may go a long way to easing concerns raised so far.

Just my thoughts.

Andrew Alston
Group Head of IP Strategy
Sameer business Park, Block A, Mombasa Road. Nairobi, Kenya
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From: Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at<mailto:seun.ojedeji at>>
Date: Tuesday, 3 November 2015 at 10:47 AM
To: rpd <rpd at<mailto:rpd at>>
Subject: [rpd] New Proposal - "Number Resources Transfer Policy (AFPUB-2015-GEN-001-DRAFT-01)"

Dear Members,

We have received a new policy Proposal - "Number Resources Transfer Policy (AFPUB-2015-GEN-001-DRAFT-01)"

Number Resources Transfer Policy

ID:              AFPUB-2015-GEN-001-DRAFT-01
Policy Name:     Number Resources Transfer Policy
Submitted:        29 October 2015
Status:        Under Discussion
Author:          Mark Elkins, mje at<mailto:mje at>, Posix Systems

1.0 Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal:

AFRINIC is the only Regional Internet Registry without a Transfer policy for the movement of numbering resources - both in and out of the Region. APNIC, RIPE NCC and ARIN have compatible Transfer Policies, so it would seem wise to be compatible with them.

2.0 Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem

The Policy solves the issue of an African organisation using space in another Region. This Proposal currently does not attempt to address Legacy Resources (IPv4 and ASN's) - that is resources that are in the AFRINIC Region and were acquired before ARIN existed. Legacy Resources may be moved out of the AFRINIC region and redeployed freely. They may however be subject to the receiving RIR's policies.

3.0 Proposal:

3.1 The source entity must be the current rights holder of the IPv4 address resources recognized by the RIR responsible for the resources, and not be involved in any dispute as to the status of those resources.
A. Source entities outside of the AFRINIC region must meet any requirements defined by the RIR where the source entity holds the registration.
B. Source entities within the AFRINIC region will not be eligible to receive any further IPv4 address allocations or assignments from AFRINIC for a period of 12 months after a transfer approval, or until the exhaustion of AFRINIC's IPv4 space, whichever occurs first. This restriction is excluded if the Resource is transferred to the same business entity operating in a different region.
C. Source entities within the AFRINIC region must not have received a transfer, allocation, or assignment of IPv4 number resources from AFRINIC for the 12 months prior to the approval of transfer request. This restriction excludes Mergers and Acquisitions transfers and Transfers to the same business entity in a different region.
D. The minimum transfer size is a /24.

3.2 - Conditions on recipient of the transfer:

A. The conditions on a recipient outside of the AFRINIC region will be defined by the policies of the receiving RIR.
B. Recipients within the AFRINIC region will be subject to current AFRINIC policies and sign an RSA for the resources being received.
C. Recipients within the AFRINIC region must demonstrate the need for up to a 24-month supply of IPv4 address space.
D. The minimum transfer size is a /24.

4.0 Version History

30 Oct 2015     AFPUB-2015-GEN-001-DRAFT-01 posted

Best Regards
Relevant Url:
1. Policy Development process:
2. AFRINIC Public policy meeting site:
Barry Macharia & Seun Ojedeji
PDWG Co-Chairs
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