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[rpd] Legacy holders?

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at
Mon Jul 1 05:32:56 UTC 2019


The answer to your question can be found in section 5.5 and 5.6 of the CPM - which makes no mention whatsoever of where space must be utilized.  It does however state that you must be an AFRINIC member to receive space, which is where the requirement that organizations should be domiciled in Africa comes from.  This is codified in section 6.1.(i) of the bylaws.

Beyond that - there is no actual policy ever ratified which precludes the use of space off continent outside of soft landing - and that requirement can be found can be found in the soft landing policy in section of the CPM

During the creation of the soft landing policy - there was actually massive debate about that clause - and myself, and others, opposed the clause because it's actually entirely unverifiable - and I've never liked clauses that impose requirements that cannot be realistically verified.  It is virtually impossible to tell where space is actually being utilized

  1.  The BGP tables won't tell you this - I can have a block of space in Africa that is announced via an African ASN to a non-African player over a layer 2 link
  2.  I can have a block of space in Europe that is announced to an African transit provider in Europe
  3.  Latency tells you nothing - VSAT links are common - and VSAT latency can look very much like long haul latency
  4.  It's entirely possible for announce an aggregate link in Africa and actually be using all the space out of the continent by sending de-aggregates to selective peers that would be not be publicly visible. In the same way - I could be originating the space from routers in Europe while using IGP de-aggregates to bring it back to the continent and there would be no visibility externally of this.

That being said - the clause in is also pretty ambiguous - since I could easily argue that I could number an entire network in Europe or elsewhere without numbering customers - carry transit across that network and then back into Africa - and state that the space is solely supporting connectivity back to Africa.  In the same way I could number an entire branch office off continent and then have that branch office communicating back to an African branch - and claim the same thing.  Hence, I'm not really convinced that is even really realistically enforceable - it is all a matter of perspective.

Just my thoughts


From: Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg at>
Sent: Monday, 1 July 2019 04:31
To: rpd at
Subject: [rpd] Legacy holders?

Sorry all. Just two quick rudimentary questions...

According to this page:<>

"There are currently around 350 legacy resources holders
registered in the AFRINIC WHOIS database."

Is there a simple list of these organizations anywhere? Or does
one have go and do tedious data mining on the entire Afrinic
WHOIS data base in order to just find the names of all of these?

Within the WHOIS data base what will be the org-type: value
for any one of the legacy organizations?

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