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[rpd] Some thoughts, and some actions required

Sun Feb 7 09:06:38 UTC 2016

Dear Owen

On Feb 4, 2016, at 11:45 PM, Owen DeLong wrote:

>> This is how AFRINIC defines LIR and End Users
>> (*) Local Internet Registry (LIR): A Local Internet Registry (LIR) is
>> an Internet Registry (IR) that receives allocations from AFRINIC and
>> primarily sub-allocates or assigns address space to their customers.
>> LIRs are generally ISPs.
>> (**) End User (EU): Any entity, corporate or individual that receive
>> services (Number Resources assignments) directly from AFRINIC for
>> exclusive use on its own service infrastructure
> Given that, there’s a big open question…
> How does AfriNIC classify an organization that does not exclusively use the addresses received on its own infrastructure, but does so “mostly”. Said organization does distribute some of the addresses received (say as much as 35-40%) to customers or other external parties.

According to the Policy AFPUB-2005-v4-001(IPv4 Allocation Policy), such organisation is classified LIR:

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. The LIR should ensure that the necessary information is completed before making a sub-allocation request to AFRINIC. Request forms are available at
When making sub-allocation from their SAW, LIR's should also ensure that such information is given by the end-user.
9.2 Network infrastructure (of LIR) vs End-User networks
IP addresses used solely for connecting an end-user to a service provider (e.g., point-to-point links) are considered as part of the service provider's infrastructure. Such addresses should only be registered as part of the service provider's infrastructure. When an end user has a network using public address space, this space must be registered with the contacts of the end-user. If the end-user is an individual rather than an organisation, the space may be registered with the contact information of the service provider but with the end-user referenced in the AFRINIC whois database object.

> It seems to me that there’s a significant gap between “primarily sub-allocates” and “exclusively internal use” which remains undefined.
> Most universities fall into that undefined space, hence the confusion.

As per above, AFRINIC classifies an organization as  LIR or EU depending on the purpose and utilization of the IP addresses requested rather than the industry of this organisation. Therefore an University can be classified LIR or EU based on the reason given above.



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