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[rpd] Some thoughts, and some actions required

Sunday Folayan sfolayan at
Fri Feb 5 20:37:03 UTC 2016


Thank you for this.

Enjoy the weekend.

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
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