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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.

 

GUIDANCE FOR MEMBERS

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)).

 

CHANGES TO POLICIES IN EXHAUSTION PHASE 1

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 5.4.3.1).
  • The maximum IPv4 allocation/assignment shall be /13 (section 5.4.3.1).
  • 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 5.4.6.1).
  • Use of AFRINIC IPv4 resources outside the AFRINIC service region should be solely in support of connectivity back to the AFRINIC region (section 5.4.6.2).
  • 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

 

FUTURE COMMUNIQUES

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.

 

CONSEILS AUX MEMBRES

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 :

www.afrinic.net/library/policies/1829-afrinic-consolidated-policy-manual.

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

• 16 janvier 2017, disponible à l'adresse suivante:http://www.afrinic.net/en/library/news/1973-afrinic-is-approaching-ipv4-exhaustion-phase-1;
• 30 mars 2017, disponible à l'adresse suivante http://www.afrinic.net/fr/library/news/2049-ipv4-exhaustion-phase-1-imménient

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.

 

MODIFICATIONS DUES A LA PHASE 1

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 5.4.3.1).
• L'allocation / assignation maximale d’IPv4 sera un /13 (section 5.4.3.1).
• 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 5.4.6.1).

• 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 5.4.6.2).
• 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: www.afrinic.net/library/policies/1829-afrinic-consolidated-policy-manual

 

COMMUNIQUÉS A VENIR

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: www.afrinic.net/fr/services/statistics/ipv4-exhaustion
• Epuisement d'IPv4: www.afrinic.net/fr/community/ipv4-exhaustion
• Déploiement IPv6: www.afrinic.net/fr/services/ipv6-programme
• Processus de développement des politiques d'AFRINIC (PDP): www.afrinic.net/en/community/policy-development
• Politique globale: Politique globale pour l'allocation de l'espace d'adressage IPv4 restant : www.icann.org/resources/pages/remaining-ipv4-2012-02-25-en

IPv4 Exhaustion: Phase 1 Imminent

March 30 2017 - As of 27 March 2017, AFRINIC's pool of available IPv4 address space contained the equivalent of 1.03 /8s and we expect to reach the last /8 of available IPv4 space by the end of March or the first days of April 2017.

This means that AFRINIC's IPv4 address space inventory will very soon reach the previously agreed level where the "Current Phase" will end, and "Exhaustion Phase 1" of the AFPUB-2010-v4-005: IPv4 Soft Landing Policy will be triggered. This community-developed policy can be found here.

 

As of today, AFRINIC is still managing Internet number resources as per the requirements outlined in existing policies (the "Current Phase") but this will change imminently. You can view all current policies here.

 

AFRINIC's available inventory of IPv4 space is updated daily here.

 

GUIDANCE FOR MEMBERS

All AFRINIC Resource Members are kindly requested to familiarise themselves with AFPUB-2010-v4-005: IPv4 Soft Landing Policy, available here

 

In addition to the policy itself, please refer to the communique dated 16 January 2017, announcing AFRINIC's approach to IPv4 Exhaustion.

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)).

 

CURRENT ALLOCATION or ASSIGNMENT PROCESS

As of today, AFRINIC is still managing Internet number resources under existing policies, which can be found here.

The current process involves AFRINIC's hostmasters evaluating resource requests received, and deciding on the prefix that can be approved for each particular resource member based on the information provided. Members are subsequently invoiced an allocation/assignment fee based on prefix size approved. There is no limit (based on justified need) to the size of prefix that can be approved. Resources are marked as RESERVED when a request is approved, and are subsequently issued to the requesting Member when AFRINIC receives the payment of the allocation/assignment fees.

 

CRITERIA FOR THE START OF EXHAUSTION PHASE 1

Exhaustion Phase 1 is triggered as soon as a request cannot be fulfilled, or can be fulfilled but leaves the available IPv4 inventory - excluding the final /8 - empty.

 

As described in the previous communique dated 16 January 2017, if a request for IPv4 resources is approved but cannot be fulfilled using a single contiguous block from the available inventory (excluding the final /8), the applicant will be given the option of receiving the resources as multiple smaller blocks instead (if there is a sufficient amount of smaller blocks to make that possible). If the applicant is willing to receive multiple smaller blocks adding up to the same amount of space as was approved, then the request is treated as "fulfilled". If the applicant does not want multiple smaller blocks, or if there are not enough smaller blocks to fulfil the approved request, then the request cannot be fulfilled.

 

The communique can be found here

 

CHANGES TO POLICIES IN EXHAUSTION PHASE 1

When Exhaustion Phase 1 begins, most 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 5.4.3.1).

• The maximum IPv4 allocation/assignment shall be /13 (section 5.4.3.1).

• 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 5.4.6.1).

• Use of AFRINIC IPv4 resources outside the AFRINIC service region should be solely in support of connectivity back to the AFRINIC region (section 5.4.6.2).

• 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.

 

FUTURE INFORMATION 

AFRINIC will issue another communique when Exhaustion Phase 1 begins, and again when Exhaustion Phase 2 appears to be imminent. 

 

More information:

 

• IPv4 exhaustion: www.afrinic.net/en/community/ipv4-exhaustion

• IPv6 deployment: www.afrinic.net/en/services/ipv6-programme

• AFRINIC's Policy Development Process (PDP): www.afrinic.net/en/community/policy-development

• Global Policy Global Policy for the Allocation of the Remaining IPv4 Address Space: www.icann.org/resources/pages/remaining-ipv4-2012-02-25-en

   

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