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[rpd] Some thoughts, and some actions required

Mwendwa Kivuva Kivuva at
Fri Feb 5 21:22:04 UTC 2016


If there is clear justification, we may need a policy like this for
NRENs across the continent.


On 05/02/2016, Sunday Folayan <sfolayan at> wrote:
> Omo,
> Thank you for this.
> Enjoy the weekend.
> Sunday.
> On Feb 5, 2016 8:57 PM, "Omo Oaiya" <omo at> wrote:
>> On 5 February 2016 at 05:32, Sunday Folayan <sfolayan at> wrote:
>>> Boubakar and Omo,
>>> Just in case you are not subscribed,
>>> Would you be kind to contribute and enrich the debate?
>> SF,
>> We are subscribed and following closely but these are hectic times with
>> the WACREN 2016 conference (open invitation to all) and the
>> AfricaConnect2
>> project underway.  I had planned to chip in at the weekend but now that
>> you
>> have called me out ....
>> Let me start by debunking some of the opinions that have been expressed
>> about the apparent lack of support for the Academic IPv4 policy proposal.
>> Claims that we didn't believe in its ultimate goal are quite far from the
>> reality and not worth discussing.  How could we not be?
>> African R&E networks however need to follow the innovative and
>> transformative paths common with the development of our communities.
>> Sensitising and educating our communities on the issues so they could
>> respond directly has therefore been foremost on our agenda.  We may not
>> have succeeded as well as hoped but it is certainly not because we are
>> unaware of these issues.  The need to do away with NAT, securing IP
>> resources for campus networks and NRENs as well as joining the debate on
>> topical issues in the Afrinic community have been recurring topics in
>> presentations at our meetings and conferences.   There is plenty evidence
>> of this and a search on the net with appropriate keywords should give
>> anyone a good indication of our efforts.
>> Like most right-thinking folks, we know that IPv6 is the way to go and
>> that our community can innovate in this regard and help speed things up
>> but
>> our reality is that we have a lot of universities who need IPv4 space
>> even
>> if only for transition mechanisms.   Implementing the AfricaConnect
>> project
>> and supporting NRENs to connect education communities across Africa also
>> has IPv4 requirements which makes these discussions and the views in the
>> community very important to us.
>> We share some interests but have different needs from some of the folks
>> debating transfer markets.  Comparisons with environments with different
>> dynamics is also not something we would engage in.   What we would rather
>> do is explore ways to limit the rate of exhaustion of Afrinic's IPv4
>> resources such that there is a fairer system where newcomers are not
>> disadvantaged and our collective interest for the growth of the African
>> Internet is preserved.
>> Bon weekend!
>> --
>> Omo Oaiya
>> CTO/Directeur Technique, WACREN
>> Mobile: +234 808 888 1571 , +221 784 305 224
>> Skype: kodion
>> <>

Mwendwa Kivuva, Nairobi, Kenya

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