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[rpd] Proposal: Clarification on temporary resource usage

Ernest Byaruhanga ernest at
Fri Dec 21 07:19:05 UTC 2018

A new policy proposal has been received:

Title: Clarification on temporary resource usage
Author: Manga Willy Ted

The proposal introduces modifications to CPM 9.0 which deals with issuance of number resources for temporary use (such as for conferences and experiments).

The proposal has been published at : 
(Text in orange color depicts changes to current policy text)

Plain text version:

Clarification on temporary resource usage 

1.0 Summary of the problem being addressed by this proposal

With IPv4 exhaustion coming, IPv4 resource assignments need better management because of scarcity. For instance, what happens if some entities request a /20 worth of IPv4 for temporary usage during soft landing phase 2? With current IPv6 evolution, we think entities requesting temporary resources should deploy more IPv6 prefixes than IPv4 prefixes.
2.0 Summary of how this proposal addresses the problem

This proposal aims to restrict the size of IPv4 resource requests for temporary use such as conferences and meetings and in addition, encourages IPv6 usage for those purposes. We believe that IPv6 is now mature enough to be deployed for this kind of usage.

Any IPv4 space requested for temporary usage should not be more than /22 - especially for meetings and events. The requesting entity should use IPv6-only on their networks and deploy IPv4 at the edge of the network using an IPv6 transition mechanism.
Lastly, we believe the title of this section of the CPM should reflect exactly the fact that we are dealing with assignments only and not allocations too.

3.0 Proposal

CPM 9.0 to be modified as follows:

9.0 Temporary Resource Assignments

9.1 Documenting the temporary activity

The activity requiring temporary IP resources should be publicly documented and available on a website reachable at least during the entire period of the event. Entities requiring such IP resources are expected to demonstrate an understanding that when the activity or experiment for which they require the IP resources ends, the IP resources will be returned to AFRINIC. A "publicly accessible document" is a document that is publicly and openly available free of charge and free of any constraints of disclosure. AFRINIC will not recognize any activity under this policy if such an activity cannot be publicly disclosed.

9.2 Assignments of IP resources
Resources are assigned on a lease basis for a period of one month. The assignment can be renewed on application to AFRINIC providing the necessary information. The size of the assigned IP resource will be determined from the plan submitted by the requesting entity. In the particular case of IPv4, the size cannot exceed a /22.
9.2.1 Required Documentation:
The requesting organisation should contact AFRINIC with the following information:
a.  Details of Organisation: Legal Organisation name, Country Where Registered, Postal Address, Physical Address, Telephone and Fax Numbers, website (this is a must).
b.  Details of activity requiring the temporary assignment: Website detailing the activity or Website with a link to similar previous activities, Links from other (relevant) sites about this activity, and the date when the above activity ends.
c.   The planned use of these IP resources: List subnet size required, and for what it will be used plus any AS numbers and reverse delegation, if required.
d.  The intended date of return of the IP resources above.

9.3 Technical recommendations
a.  The requesting entity is encouraged to deploy IPv6-only networks and push IPv4 at the edge according to an IPv6 transition mechanism (such as NAT64+DNS64 or 464XLAT)
b.  The requesting entity could base its architecture from some RFCs such as:
c.  [rfc3750] (INFORMATIONAL) Unmanaged Networks for IPv6 Transition Scenarios
d.  [rfc4213] (Standards Track) Basic Transition Mechanisms for IPv6 Hosts and Routers
e.  [rfc6180] (INFORMATIONAL) Guidelines for Using IPv6 Transition Mechanisms during IPv6 Deployment

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