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

Mark Tinka mark.tinka at
Sun Jun 19 11:32:40 UTC 2016

On 19/Jun/16 13:06, Alagie Ceesay wrote:

> Hi Mark,
> I think Its more like trying to ensure we act on improving v6 adoption
> rather than just believe, on the surface, 'oh yeah v6 is the way to
> go, lets strategise, lets deploy, lets do this'; while in the
> background,  some us are still more interested in the little left
> overs of v4 that smaller or startup networks would need to also start
> to a certain level.
> I think we're trying to make sure we create a comon understanding as a
> comunity that the resources are limited and that we should bring heads
> together through policies to fairly distribute and manage it for the
> interest of ALL. 
> Maybe the big players should lead the v6 deployment by example and
> also support schools, newer/smaller networks to follow the innovations.

I suppose my question was more toward what seems like a conflation of
priorities about what we are trying to achieve and/or fix.

As an operator, my working assumption is that new entrants in the market
will not have access to IPv4. As such, my network needs to be ready to
support new customers who can only get IPv6, but also still need to talk
to the IPv4-only Internet.

I understand the issue, but I also feel that if we are making an
allowance for new entrants to still obtain IPv4 in a world where no more
of it exists from AFRINIC, we are probably going two steps back.

Every operator, large or small, will run out of IPv4 to assign to their
customers at some point or other. I have already considered that once I
have got no more IPv4 to give to new or existing customers, IPv6 is all
they will get, and it will be my problem to make sure they can speak to
the remnants of the IPv4 world that will still be roaming the streets.
It is already very clear to me that I will not be able to obtain anymore
IPv4 address space from AFRINIC at that point in the future, and I do
not plan to participate in the IPv4 Market.


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