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[rpd] Some thoughts, and some actions required

Sunday Folayan sfolayan at
Fri Feb 5 05:32:24 UTC 2016

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Boubakar and Omo,

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On 04/02/2016 07:50, Mukom Akong T. wrote:
> On 4 February 2016 at 02:04, Mwendwa Kivuva
<Kivuva at <mailto:Kivuva at>> wrote:
>     On 03/02/2016, Owen DeLong <owen at
<mailto:owen at>> wrote:
>     >
>     > While I did not support the educational policy because I did not
believe it
>     > appropriate to give special privileges to educational
institutions to the
>     > detriment of other classes of community members, I would support
a policy
>     > that generally allowed for a reasonable estimation of concurrent
wifi users
>     > based on quantified total user base.
>     >
>     We are a unique market and probably it would have made sense to pass
>     the policy give preference to Universities,...
> 'Unique' in what way? Uniqueness (even when undefined) should not
surpass a policy requirement: Needs-based assignment.
> There were few network engineers who run university networks stood up
to support the proposal - that might have been indicative of something.
> Personally, I thought the ratio of 1:5 was excessive GIVEN the paucity
of space available. In the world of abundance that is IPv6 --- I don't
care what ratio is used.
> If we really wanted to get to something sensible, I'd measure
concurrent users over say 1 month and a reasonable value would be the
mean of concurrent users + 3 standard deviations. (assuming statistical
>     because as it stands, many
>     Universities in the continent will remain with NAT post v4 exhaustion.
> Is there a list of universities in Africa with those that have their
own space or not? Would anyone from AFREN be able to provide such
>     Since Universities are not in the business of always scaling and
>     getting to new territories as LIRs are, they are just comfortable with
>     NAT, to the detriment of growth of proper IP networks.
> I'd argue the reverse: Universities as citadels of knowledge are in a
position to try out lots more new technologies before ISPs.
> --
> Mukom Akong T.
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