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[rpd] Report of the Soft Landing isuue

SamiSalih sami at
Mon Mar 20 18:24:33 UTC 2017

Dear AfriNIC Community,
Greetings from the PDWG Co-chairs,

Many of you may have followed the proceedings of the two conflicting proposals addressing IPv4 exhaustion.

At the last meeting in Mauritius, authors of both IPv4 run-out management proposals agreed to consider working together to develop an improved proposal.
We regret to inform you that despite several efforts, both groups of authors were unable to collaborate towards a joint solution.

As that process is deadlocked, the co-chairs have put together some of the major points in discussions raised over multiple meetings and mailing list discussions. Because the community has made many valid observations on improvements that could be made to the status quo, we hereby suggest that these be assessed by the community with a view to presenting a proposal that better manages the exhaustion of IPv4 resources.

Some examples of recommended improvements include consideration for new entrants, IPv6 transition provisions, and repurposing of reserves for the "unforeseen".

To avoid entering a loop similar to what we recently encountered, there is a need to concentrate our efforts on a joint solution. Can we discuss and let the co-chairs assist with the draft of a proposal that contains only areas that have rough consensus?

If there are areas on which consensus cannot be reasonably reached, those can be left out of the policy update proposal. Although the resulting proposal may be treated under the emergency provisions of the PDP due to time sensitivity of the subject matter, the ideal situation would be for the draft update to be received before the next PPM.

Although the PDP does not expressly require the above, we trust that all community members will be reasonable and work together constructively rather than seek to frustrate any efforts that do not align with their viewpoints.

The extracts from discussions till date are at and we would like to receive feedback and suggestions from the community
over the next 7 days.


AfiNIC PDP Co-chairs

Dr. Sami Salih  | Assistant Professor
Sudan University of Science and Technology
Eastern Dum, P.O Box 11111-407
email: sami.salih at
Mob: +249122045707 

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