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[rpd] Last Call - RPKI ROAs for Unallocated and Unassigned AFRINIC Address Space AFPUB-2019-GEN-006-DRAFT03.

AFRINIC Policy Liaison policy-liaison at
Tue Jun 29 13:09:04 UTC 2021


Dear PDWG,

We have noted your concerns raised during the Last Call in respect of 
RPKI ROAs for Unallocated and Unassigned AFRINIC Address Space
AFPUB-2019-GEN-006-DRAFT03, and we wish to assure you as follows:


AFRINIC’s adopted policies are incorporated by reference to its
Registration Service Agreement (RSA) and consequently, both AFRINIC
and its Resource Members are bound to the terms thereof;


AFRINIC’s staff are bound to act in accordance with and to give
effect to the aforesaid RSA;


In regard to AFRINIC’s delegated resources, status change updates
e.g. from allocated/assigned to ‘reserved’ and at a later stage to
‘available’ are only effected when the concerned resources either
have been returned to AFRINIC by the Resource Member or following
their de-registration from the WHOIS database of the said Resource
Member subsequent to the termination of the RSA;


Termination of the RSA is triggered as a last resort pursuant to the
terms of the RSA, after having offered the Resource Member the
opportunity to remedy any identified breach(es);


As a consequence of the WHOIS deregistration, the resources are
considered as bogons and those still using the resources will
experience connectivity issues;


The AFRINIC team has the capacity to implement this policy.
Technically, at a high level, this implementation will be quite
similar to the current RPKI infrastructure. This same infrastructure
has undergone several major changes which the team carried out
successfully, examples are; 


Changes from single trust anchor (TAL) to split TAL - RPKI V2.0


All resources trust anchor


Additionally there have been operations in recent years where
resources received from IANA were added to RPKI. We believe this
demonstrates enough capacity.


The impact assessment of the aforementioned proposal will be updated
to reflect that should this proposal reach consensus and is
ratified, the implementation will be done on a new (separate) Trust
Anchor so that it becomes an opt-in service and does not impact the
current RPKI setup.


Policy Liaison Team*

AFRINIC Policy Liaison.
t: +230 403 51 00 | f: +230 466 6758 | tt: @afrinic | | |

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