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[rpd] Statistics on IPV4 allocation in Africa as of 2016[WARNING: ATTACHMENT UNSCANNED]

Hytham El-Nakhal hytham at
Wed Jun 29 12:17:53 UTC 2016

Well, I've a personal experience about the role of regulator in pushing IPv6 ..

In 2008 I, as a leader for IPv6 Taskforce in Egypt, proposed a guideline for imported communication equipment to be compliant with IPv6 in addition to IPv4.. My intentions at this time were to pave the road for IPv6 deployment and to slow-down importing of obsolete "v4 only" equipment.

This guideline tabled to "Type Approval" department, it's a department existing in each Regulator to approve that the imported communications equipment are compliant with international standards and local regulations, The reply from Type Approval department was: we can't enforce this rule because we can't for example prevent or limit the importing of 2G mobile hand-sets while we have all mobile networks are upgraded to 3G...

That's to say as far as we have v4 and dual-stack in our networks, we can't have a rule or regulation to enforce IPv6 compliant equipment..

But, Fortunately I can pass an article to be added in government tenders for communications equipment (such as switches, routers, firewalls,...etc.) to be compliant with IPv6. (i.e. support IPv6)




From: Omo Oaiya <Omo.Oaiya at>
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 2:21 PM
To: Mark Tinka
Cc: rpd List
Subject: Re: [rpd] Statistics on IPV4 allocation in Africa as of 2016[WARNING: ATTACHMENT UNSCANNED]

On 19 Jun 2016, at 10:06, Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at<mailto:mark.tinka at>> wrote:

On 18/Jun/16 16:33, Willy MANGA wrote:

This is where I think conscious customers, end-users and government
regulators can enter the game and push pressure to operators.

The regulators can enforce the rule of buying IPv6 compliant equipment
for instance ...

I would support regulator involvement in a country's IPv6 adoption. I've
seen this work fairly well in Malaysia, where the MCMC (their regulator)
took on a lot of initiative to support IPv6 adoption. However, they did
in a way that did not trample on the operators' business, but rather,
encouraged them to deploy. While Malaysia have come a long way re: IPv6
deployment, a lot more still needs to be done.

My point is it's not easy, and Africa being more than just one country,
co-ordinating this is going to be difficult across the board, meaning
that any objectives that hinge on this could be non-uniform.

It is not easy but there are regional associations of telecom regulators we could work with to make it less painful.  The AFGWG and IPv6 councils in many African countries who would also benefit from a collaborative approach.  The regional RENs are exploring ways in which NRENs and their communities play a role in this and support in-country.  Ideas welcome.


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