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[rpd] Proposal Update (was: Re: New Proposal - "Soft Landing - BIS (AFPUB-2016-V4-001-DRAFT-02)"

Joshua Atah jaatah at
Wed Feb 24 17:16:06 UTC 2016

Dear All,


I strongly support this proposal. It is perhaps our only hope of avoiding a
crisis in a short while from now. Many NRENs in Africa are beginning to
evolve and with the increased awareness, applications for these resources
would significantly increase in the coming months. We must therefore act to
avoid the crisis - i.e. by supporting this proposal.




Dr. Joshua A. Atah

Managing Director, 

Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN)

No. 26, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, 

Maitama District, P.M.B 237, 

Abuja - Nigeria; 

mail:  <mailto:jaatah at> jaatah at; 

skype:joshatah; twitter:@joshatah

Tel: +2348033145148







[rpd] Proposal Update (was: Re: New Proposal - "Soft Landing - BIS

Emmanuel Togo ematogo at 

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Hi All

I  support  this proposal.

I like the idea of reserving some block for critical infrastructure and late





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From: ALAIN AINA <aalain at>

Date: 23/02/2016 13:16 (GMT+00:00)

To: AfriNIC List <rpd at>

Subject: Re: [rpd] Proposal Update (was: Re: New Proposal - "Soft Landing -
BIS (AFPUB-2016-V4-001-DRAFT-02)"


Hello All,


Thank you all for your interest in our policy proposal.  Some of the
impressions being created about what it sets out to achieve are incorrect.


The IPv4 softlanding-bis policy proposal does not intend to extend IPv4
lifetime at AFRINIC.


The policy proposal stays in the spirit of the global Global Policy for the
Allocation of the remaining IPv4 address pool: (section 2
and 3) and the current IPv4 soft landing policy
(section 3).


The proposal makes sure the distribution of the final /8 [102/8] is fair
enough based on the current consumption rate, assures availability of IPv4
to new comers, to Critical Internet Infrastructure as well as to the current
players as we go through the transition to IPv6.


To achieve this, it says :


- during  phase 1,  move the maximum from /10 to /15. shows the member
categories and /15 is the median which covers majority of AFRINIC membership
as shown at
[members by Category]


- during phase 2, reserve a block for new comers and for Critical Internet
Infrastructures(new and current).  Make sure CIRs get IPv4 they need for
their operations during the exhaustion and the transition.


CIRs have been expanded to include TLDs during exhaustion phase 2. gTLDs are
coming and ccTLDs being developed..


Definition of CIR in other regions is available at


Our initial thinking was that IXPs may benefit from the CIRs block during
the phase 2 as the current reserve may not last and cover their needs at
that time. We have no objection about  removing IXPs from CIRs.


IPv6 deployment is slow. AFRNIC has the lowest rate of members with
v4/v6[1]. During exhaustion, one must have IPv6 (from AFRINIC or upstreams )
when requesting IPv4.  Deployment may not be enforceable but it puts IPv6
transition forward as the clear agenda at this time.


Interested parties can view RIRs comparative "use of the final unallocated
IPv4 address Space" can be seen at

The FAQ linked to the policy is at



[1] slide 16



Hope this helps










On Feb 21, 2016, at 10:38 PM, Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at<mailto:seun.ojedeji at>> wrote:



Dear members,


This is to inform that an update has been published for this proposal.


Details can be found at the following URL:


ID: AFPUB-2016-V4-001-DRAFT-02




On 9 Feb 2016 2:46 p.m., "Seun Ojedeji" <seun.ojedeji at<mailto:seun.ojedeji at>> wrote:

Dear Members,


We have received a new policy Proposal - "Soft Landing - BIS


Draft Policy name: Soft Landing - BIS

Unique identifier: AFPUB-2016-V4-001-DRAFT-01

Status: Under Discussion

Submission Date 06 February 2016


AFPUB-2010-v4-005 (IPv4 soft landing policy)


a. Omo Oaiya, omo at<mailto:omo at>, WACREN

b. Joe Kimaili, jkimaili at<mailto:jkimaili at>,
Ubuntunet Alliance

c. Alain P. AINA, aalain at<mailto:aalain at>, TRS




Text Below:

1) Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal


The soft landing policy ratified by the board on 11/11/2011 describes how
AFRINIC should manage allocations/assignments from the last /8. It defines 2
phases for IPv4 exhaustion. During phase 1, it sets the maximum
allocation/assignment to be /13 instead of /10 and in phase 2, the maximum
to /22 and the minimum to /24. It makes no difference between existing LIRs
or End-Users and new ones. The policy also does not impose IPv6 deployment.


IPv4 exhaustion in other regions combined with other factors has imposed
huge pressure on the AFRINIC IPv4 pool with requests for large IPv4 blocks,
with very little IPv6 deployment. The pressure on the AFRINIC IPv4 pool has
led to some policy proposals to reserve some blocks for certain



2) Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem


This policy proposal solves the problem described above by:


    Changing the value of the maximum allocation/assignment size during the
exhaustion phase 1.

    Imposing IPv6 resources as a pre-condition to IPv4 resource requests
during the exhaustion.

    Reserving address spaces for Critical Internet Infrastructure and new
LIRs or End-Users.

    Removing the minimum allocation size as this may evolve over time during
the exhaustion period.



3) Proposal


3.1 The policy proposal changes clause/article 3.5.1 of the current IPv4
Soft Landing Policy to:

3.5.1 EXHAUSTION PHASE 1During this phase,allocation/assignment of address
space will continue as in the Current phase with no explicit minimum but the
maximum will change from /10 to /15.


Allocations and assignments will be made from the Final /8 or from any other
IPv4 address space available to AFRINIC, until no more than a /11 of
non-reserved space is available in the Final /8.At this point, exhaustion
phase 2 will begin.


For the avoidance of doubt all applications that will be in process at this
point will be evaluated as per the new policy.



3.2 This policy proposal changes Clauses/Articles 3.6, 3.8 and 3.9 of the
current IPv4 Soft Landing Policy to:

3.6 If any LIR or End User requests IPv4 address space during Exhaustion:
There is no explicit limit on the number of times an organization may
request additional IPv4 address space during Exhaustion Phase 1. During
exhaustion Phase 2, new LIRs or End-Users can receive only one
allocation/assignment from the new LIRs or End-Users reserved pool.



3.8 Allocation CriteriaIn order to receive IPv4 allocations or assignments
during the Exhaustion Phase, the LIR or

End User must meet IPv4 allocation or assignment policy requirements and
must have used at

least 90% of all previous allocations or assignments (including those made
during both the Current Phase and the Exhaustion Phase).


In the case of new LIRs or End Users with no previous allocations or
assignments, this

requirement does not apply to their first allocation or assignment request.


LIRs and End users requesting IPv4 space must have IPv6 resources from
AFRINIC (or request IPv6 concurrently with their IPv4 request), or from
their upstream providers.


AFRINIC resources are for the AFRINIC service region and any use outside the
region should be solely in support of connectivity back to the AFRINIC



3.9 IPv4 Address Space for [Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)], critical
Internet infrastructure, new LIRs or End-Users and unforeseen circumstances


During exhaustion phase 2, allocations/assignments to IXPs, Critical
Internet infrastructure and new LIRs and End-Users will be as follows:



3.9.1 Assignments to critical infrastructure


A /16 from the final /11 will be held in reserve for exclusive use by
critical Internet infrastructure. On application for IPv4 resources, a
critical Internet Infrastructure operator may receive one number resource
(maximum /22).


Critical infrastructure are ICANN-sanctioned DNS root server operators,
IXPs, TLD (Top Level Domain) operators, IANA and RIRs.


    On application for IPv4 resources, an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) will
receive one number resource (maximum /23) according to the following:

    This space will be used to run an Internet Exchange Point peering LAN;
other uses are forbidden.

    New Internet Exchange points will be assigned a maximum of /24.
Internet exchange points may return this assignment (or existing PI used as
in the IXP peering LAN) should they run out of space and receive a larger (a
maximum of /23 if utilization requires) assignment.

    IP space returned by Internet Exchange Points will be added to the
reserved pool maintained for use by Internet Exchange Points.



3.9.2 Allocations/Assignments to new LIRs or End-Users


A /14 from the final /11 will be held in reserve for exclusive use by new
LIRs or End-Users with no prior IPv4 address space from AFRINIC.  On
application for IPv4 resources, a new LIR or End-User may receive one number
resource (maximum /22).



3.9.3 Reserve for unforeseen situations


A /13 IPv4 address block will be in reserved out of the Final /8. This /13
IPv4 address block shall be preserved by AFRINIC for some future uses, as
yet unforeseen. The Internet is innovative and we cannot predict with
certainty what might happen. Therefore, it is prudent to keep this block in
reserve, just in case some future requirement creates a demand for IPv4


When AFRINIC, can no longer meet any more requests for address space (from
the Final /8 or from any other available address space), AFRINIC in
consultation with the community via the Policy Discussion Mailing list and
considering the demand and other factors at the time will replenish the
exhaustion pool with whatever address space (or part thereof) that may be
available to AFRINIC at the time, in a manner that is in the best interests
of the community.



4.0) Revision History


4th February 2016 AFPUB-2016-V4-001-DRAFT01 (Version 1.0) Posted to the rpd
mailing list


5.0) References


Global Policy for the Allocation of the remaining IPv4 address pool:



6.0) Frequently Asked Questions


Please click
11-soft-landing-bis-policy-faq> to read through some important frequently
asked questions behind understanding the content in this proposal.


Best Regards

Relevant Url:

1. Policy Development process:



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