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[rpd] Draft inbound policy

JP froztbyte at
Mon Jun 20 13:43:45 UTC 2016

Hi all

Andrew, this sounds like a nice idea to get in motion. I do however have 
a couple of questions, written below:

  1) How would the specifics of this policy work?
    a) Are there conditionals on the acceptance? For instance, should 
AfriNIC or any recipient operators not be able to make full use of a 
resource (for whichever reason), would a “reversal” be possible?
    b) Does the original owning entity of a resource have any lasting 
ownership/hold on it beyond the point of transferrence?
  2) What would a transfer at this level involve? Do you envision (some) 
uses of it taking place as part of a commercial arrangement (eg. 
purchasing a remote entity and then transferring their allocation(s) 
across), or purely a transfer agreement between RIRs?


On 17 Jun 2016, at 11:09, Andrew Alston wrote:

> Hi All,
> The following has been submitted to policy-submission and I am also 
> posting it here for discussion in the mean time.
> Thanks
> Andrew
> Draft Policy Name: Inbound Transfer Policy
> Unique Identifier:
> Status: Under Discussion
> Submission Date: 17 June 2016
> Amends: N/A
> Author(s):
> a. Andrew Alston (andrew.alston at
> b. Christopher Mwangi (Christopher.mwangi at
> 1. Introduction:
> The AfriNIC Service Region has the lowest amount of IPv4 space of any 
> of the RIR defined regions.  As such, when AfriNIC depletes its 
> current space, there will still be a need for further IPv4 addresses 
> on the continent. In addition to this, there may be circumstances 
> where companies wish to use specific v6 resources and ASN’s 
> unavailable on the continent.
> While the community has voiced concerns that enacting a transfer 
> policy will result in the flow of resources off the continent, this 
> policy addresses that by purely catering for inbound transfers, 
> without allowing or affecting transfers flowing out of the continent 
> to other RIR service regions.
> 2. Resources covered under this policy
> This policy covers the inbound transfer of all IP resources, including 
> ASN’s, both 16bit and 32bit, IPv4 space and IPv6 space
> 3. Details of inbound transfer requirements
> AfriNIC shall accept all inbound transfers of all resources explicitly 
> referred to in section 2
> For transfers into the region, the recipient of IP space (v4 or v6) 
> must provide a plan to AfriNIC for the use of at least 50% of the 
> transferred resource within the next 5 years.
> Once received, the space shall form part of the recipient’s normal 
> allocations for the purpose of evaluating the size of the recipient 
> from an AfriNIC membership perspective.
> Should a recipient of transferred space apply for further resources 
> from AfriNIC directly, all space received via transfers shall be 
> included in any evaluation done for further resource allocation by 
> AfriNIC.
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