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[rpd] Report on the Policy Proposal “AFPUB-2016-V4-001-DRAFT07" (IPv4 Soft Landing BIS).

Noah noah at
Thu Dec 28 08:36:26 UTC 2017

On 27 Dec 2017 19:13, "Andrew Alston" <Andrew.Alston at>

a.) The fact that there were multiple requests – including from the chair
of the board in Mauritius – to withdraw this policy – something the authors
have not addressed

But the authors reserved the right to uphelp their policy proposal and
based on new recommendations from various members of the PDPWG, they
updated their policy proposal which evolved to version.7.

b.) The fact that entities who had already built infrastructure could not
access sufficient space to utilize that infrastructure – vs those who had
not yet built infrastructure who wanted the space locked up for future use

I read "sufficient"

Andrew, In times of scarcity, version.7 states below. And this is true for
each calender year.

5.4.6 Allowable Limits Within any 24-month period during Exhaustion Phase 1, an
organization may receive one or more allocations/assignments totalling the
equivalent of a /18.

Pan African entities would still access more resources from their various
local operations to meet the demands in each country of operation. But i
stand to be corrected.

c.) The fact that this policy is damaging to the end user and we act to
increase penetration on the continent today rather than just protecting the
interests of the ISPs

How damaging is a max of /18 during period of scarcity where there is only
less than a /8 remaining in the inventory.

d.) The fact that this policy may well put afrinic in violation of section
3.4.1 of the bylaws


Anyways, that section of the bylaws says below


(i) to provide the service of allocating and registering Internet resources
for the purposes of enabling communications via open system network
protocols and to assist in the development and growth of the Internet in
the African region;

And SL-BIS version 7 has cretarias of how the said allocations would be
achieved. Please see below section of SL-BIS ver.7 Exhaustion Phase 1 During this phase, allocation/assignment of IPv4 address space
will continue as in Pre-Exhaustion with the minimum set at /24, but the
maximum will change from /10 to /18, subject to the provisions in 5.4.6 Allocations and assignments will be made from the final /8 or
from any other IPv4 address space available to AFRINIC, until no more than
a /11 of non-reserved space is available in the Final /8. At this point the
exhaustion phase 2 will begin. For the avoidance of doubt all applications in the process at
this point will be evaluated as per the new policy. Exhaustion Phase 2

Exhaustion Phase 2 will start when no more than a /11 of non-reserved space
is available from the final /8. During this phase, the maximum
allocation/assignment size will be /22, and the minimum shall remain at
/24, subject to the provisions in 5.4.6


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