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Keep the Internet Open to All

5 April 2017 - The AFRINIC Board has issued the following statement on keeping the Internet open to everyone.


AFRINIC believes that the Internet plays a critical role in Africa’s social and economic development. While AFRINIC's core function is to act as the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa, we also play a leading role in capacity building and research, and we actively support projects and activities that reinforce the stability, openness and accessibility of the Internet.

The Internet has changed our world for the better. This is particularly true here in Africa, where communities have harnessed the power of the Internet to improve lives, from the remotest corners of our continent to our high-tech cities. While Africa has the lowest Internet penetration rates and one of the largest as-yet unconnected populations in the world, our online economy is growing quickly, largely due to the expansion of mobile Internet technologies in the region.

Internet shutdowns makes it difficult for people to communicate with family in distant locations, to conduct business, to send money to friends or relatives in need, to access educational material, and so much more. Unfortunately, Internet shutdowns, as well as access and content restrictions, are becoming more common around the globe. Keeping the Internet open and accessible to everybody at all times is imperative to ensuring that Africa's booming online economy remains viable, that our schools and universities can continue to educate the next generation of Internet users and Internet leaders, and that our rural health workers can continue to get the information they need from the cloud to save lives.
AFRINIC is committed to ensuring that the Internet remains open, trusted and secure so that everyone, everywhere can freely access the information and services that they need.


AFRINIC Enters IPv4 Exhaustion Phase 1

3 April 2017 - On 31st March 2017,AFRINIC has approved a request for IPv4 resources that could not be fulfilled from the IPv4 address space available in the AFRINIC pool (with the exception of the final /8)triggering Phase 1 of IPv4 Exhaustion.



AFRINIC Resource Members are kindly requested to familiarise themselves with the IPv4 Soft Landing policy as described in Section 5.4 of the Consolidated Policy Manual, which can be found here.


In addition to the policy itself, please refer to the following previous communiques:

  • 16 January 2017, available here
  • 30 March 2017, available here

To ensure timely evaluation of all Internet number resource requests, Members are requested to ensure that:

  • They are in good standing (all fees are paid up, and RSA duly signed)
  • Submit complete IPv4 resource requests, including all information needed to verify policy compliance.
  • Make arrangements for AFRINIC staff to check online statistics via screen sharing or similar methods, at a time between 06:00UTC and 11:30am UTC, Monday to Friday (between 10:00 and 15:30 Mauritius time (UTC+4)).



Now that Exhaustion Phase 1 has begun, the current IPv4 policies continue to apply, but certain changes take effect:
  • The minimum IPv4 allocation for LIRs will be /22, and the minimum IPv4 assignment for End User Members will be /24. (section
  • The maximum IPv4 allocation/assignment shall be /13 (section
  • No explicit limit on the number of times an organisation may request additional IPv4 space (section 5.4.4).
  • Allocation/assignment period (planning window) changes from 12 months to 8 months (section 5.4.5).
  • Existing Resource Members are eligible to get additional blocks of IPv4 address space if 90% efficient usage of all resources has been demonstrated (section
  • Use of AFRINIC IPv4 resources outside the AFRINIC service region should be solely in support of connectivity back to the AFRINIC region (section
  • A /12 IPv4 address block will be reserved from the final /8. This /12 IPv4 address block shall be preserved by AFRINIC for future uses, as yet unforeseen (section 5.4.7).

Please see the relevant sections in the Consolidated Policy Manual for more information



AFRINIC will issue future communiques as necessary in order to keep the membership informed. Further, if you have any questions about IPv4 Exhaustion, please contact AFRINIC hostmasters on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

More information:



Gestion des dernières ressources IPv4 - Phase 1

Le 31 mars 2017, AFRINIC a approuvé une demande de ressources  IPv4 qui ne pouvait être honorée qu'en faisant appel au dernier /8 du pool d'adresses disponible, déclenchant de ce fait la phase 1 du plan de gestion des dernières ressources IPv4.



Les Membres d’AFRINIC sont priés de prendre connaissance des nouvelles règles de gestion telles qu'elles sont décrites dans la section 5.4 du 'Consolidated Policy Manual', que vous trouverez ici :

Pour plus d'informations, veuillez vous référer aux communiqués suivants :

• 16 janvier 2017, disponible à l'adresse suivante:;
• 30 mars 2017, disponible à l'adresse suivanteénient

Pour garantir un délai raisonnable  dans l'évaluation des demandes de ressources, les Membres sont priés de:

• s'assurer qu'ils sont en règle (tous les frais payés et le RSA dûment signé)
• soumettre des demandes de ressources IPv4 complètes, y compris toute information nécessaire pour s'assurer de la conformité du dossier
• prendre des dispositions pour qu'AFRINIC puisse évaluer l'utilisation qui sera faite des ressources via le partage d'écran ou autre, entre 06h00 et 11h30 UTC (de 10h00 à 15h30 heure de Maurice), du lundi au vendredi.



Les règles de gestion de ressources IPv4 demeurent valides mais la phase 1 apporte certains changements : 

• L’allocation minimale d' IPv4 pour les LIR sera un /22, et l’assignation minimale d’IPv4 pour les membres qui sont des utilisateurs finaux sera un /24. (Section
• L'allocation / assignation maximale d’IPv4 sera un /13 (section
• Aucune limite explicite sur le nombre de fois qu'une organisation peut demander un espace IPv4 supplémentaire (section 5.4.4).
• La période d'allocation / d'assignation (calendrier prévisionnel) passe de 12 mois à 8 mois (section 5.4.5).
• Les membres existants peuvent demander des blocs IPv4 additionnels s'ils peuvent justifier de l'utilisation d'au moins 90% des ressources qui leur ont été allouées (section

• L'utilisation des ressources IPv4 d'AFRINIC  en dehors de la région devrait être limitée à des fins de connectivité avec la région d'AFRINIC (section
• Un bloc IPv4 de taille /12 sera prélevé à partir du dernier bloc /8 et sera réservé par AFRINIC pour faire face à tout besoin imprévu (section 5.4.7).

Consultez le 'Consolidated Policy Manual' pour plus d'information:



AFRINIC tiendra les membres informés lorsque cela sera nécessaire. Si vous avez des questions sur l'épuisement de l'IPv4 dans notre région, veuillez contacter les hostmasters d’AFRINIC sur  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Plus d'information:

• L'inventaire disponible d'AFRINIC sur l'espace d'adressage IPv4 est mis à jour quotidiennement à l'adresse suivante:
• Epuisement d'IPv4:
• Déploiement IPv6:
• Processus de développement des politiques d'AFRINIC (PDP):
• Politique globale: Politique globale pour l'allocation de l'espace d'adressage IPv4 restant :


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