Unlike the other RIRs, AFRINIC, for the time being, has enough IPv4 address space left in its unallocated pool to enable African network operators to build clean networks without needing to resort to workarounds, such as NAT (Network Address Translation) or Carrier Grade NAT (CGN). CGN is a common transition technique that allows a single IPv4 address to be shared among several customers.
The global IPv4 address pool is already depleted (see page x). In those regions where operators can only obtain small IPv4 allocations because their RIR has exhausted its supply of IPv4, many now have to invest in IPv6 networks if they have not already done so.
It is extremely important that African network operators also start their transitioning process as soon as possible to ensure they can continue communicating with IPv4 and IPv6 networks in other regions. This will 7 guarantee that all Internet users will be able to freely access the global Internet from Africa.