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[rpd] Statistics on IPV4 allocation in Africa as of 2016

Badru Ntege badru.ntege at
Thu Jun 16 02:50:30 UTC 2016

> On 15 Jun 2016, at 9:58 pm, Owen DeLong <owen at> wrote:
> I’m sorry, Honest, but I couldn’t disagree more.
> The continued IPv4 free pool in Africa and the perception that delaying what comes next by slowing down the uptake of IPv4 addresses in Africa is a complete fallacy.
> Let me attempt to provide a real world parallel. I apologize for the graphic nature, but it’s the closest I could come in analogy.
> Let’s say you are stranded in a remote area with a 7 day supply of food. If you go to the minimum consumption that will still sustain your health, you can stretch it to 10 days. If you go to the minimum that will keep you alive, it will last 21 days.
> You might think that the intuitively obvious answer is to go to the minimum that will keep you alive. However, consensus among survival experts is that this is a very wrong answer. See, while you will still be alive after that 21 days, you’ll be extremely weak, very hungry, and your body will have begun feeding off of itself. Your health will be severely compromised and your actual chances of survival overall are greatly reduced. Instead, it is better to go for the 10 day consumption rate and try like hell to get rescued, find food, or reach civilization during those 10 days.

I like the survival analogy and it makes some sense only difference is that in our regions we are already working on the rescue packages like building out our fiber and power networks to reach all our last villages. 

This will take some years but the cross regional programs are already underway. We beleive v4 would be a good start for these small networks like the schools plan in Tanzania where one of the new operators has a commitment to connect schools Ina big part of the country. In East Africa the Nortern corridor project is building out power networks with a planned connection to the Ethiopian power grid. And alternative fiber networks along the planned new rail networks. 

These are a few of the projects going on in the region to ensure every citizen has access to the Internet if they choose to. 

Just like we did with motor vehicles we started with second hand vehicles from Japan but we are now not only importing new cars we are assembling cars locally and even building new electric powered cars and busses localy. 

So to ammend your analogy I would say 20 days are needed and a rescue team is already on the way. If we give the region only 10 days we would be cementing the existing imbalance. We should encourage large networks with resources to get v6 and ring fence v4 for new small start up networks. 

> Similarly, the only way to make the free pool last longer in Africa is by starving those providers who have needs now in favor of holding the resources for them or other providers who might need them later.
> Instead, the best thing is for all of us to recognize that IPv4 has become unsustainable and stop depending on its continued availability.
> Owen
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