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March News RoundupWe provide here a quick overview of our activities and news in March 2017.

Monthly Statistics

New members in March: 13
Total members to date: 32
IPv4 address space allocated in March: 1,187,840
Total IPv4 allocated in 2017: 3,234,304
IPv6 address space prefixes allocated in March: 19
ASNs assigned in March: 13

Total ASNs in 2017: 36

Total membership to date: 1,429

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On 3 April 2017, AFRINIC's available pool of IPv4 address space reached a point where we have to start allocating or assigning addresses from the"final /8" (pronounced "slash eight"). This triggered Exhaustion Phase 1 as defined in the IPv4 Soft Landing policy, which appears in  section 5.4 of the Consolidated Policy Manual.  Accordingly, the requirements for AFRINIC to allocate or assign IPv4 address space have changed.

This is an event that has been anticipated for many years.  A policy was created about six years ago to define what would happen when AFRINIC reached this milestone.  The other four Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) all passed equivalent milestones a few years ago.

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