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IPv4 Resources transfer within the AFRINIC Region

  • Ref. Name:
  • Submitted:
  • Status:
    Under Discussion
  • Author:
    - Ali Hadji, Comores Telecoms
    - Komi Elitcha
    - Damnam Kanlanfei BAGOLIBE
    - Patrick GH, NIC CIS
    - Nicholas Mbonimpa, RENU
    - Alain P. AINA, WACREN

1)Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal

Like the other Regional Internet Registries, AFRINIC will soon exhaust its IPv4 pool. In order to meet the needs of late resource requestors, a transfer policy for IPv4 resources within the region is needed. The goal of this policy is to define conditions under which transfers must occur.


2) Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem

The Policy solves the issue of an African organisation needing IPv4 number resources after the exhaustion of the AFRINIC IPv4 pool or when AFRINIC can no longer satisfy the needs of such an organization.


3) The Proposal

This policy (IPv4 Soft Landing), applies to the management of address space that will be available to AfriNIC after the current IPv4 pool is depleted. The purpose of this document is to ensure that address space is assigned and/or allocated in a manner that is acceptable to the AfriNIC community especially during this time of IPv4 exhaustion.


3.1) This policy takes effect as from phase 2 of the IPv4 soft landing policy (AFPUB-2010-v4-005) or its successor.


3.2) Both the source entity and recipient must be AFRINIC members.


3.3) Conditions on the source of the transfer:

3.3.1 The source must be the current rightful holder of the IPv4 address resources recognised by AFRINIC, and not be involved in any dispute as to the status of those resources.


3.3.2 Source entities will not be eligible to receive any further IPv4 address allocations or assignments from AFRINIC for a period of 12 months after a transfer approval.


3.3.3 Source entities must not have received a transfer, allocation, or assignment of IPv4 number resources from AFRINIC for the 12 months prior to the approval of transfer request. This restriction excludes Mergers and Acquisitions transfers.


3.2 Conditions on the recipient of the transfer:

3.2.1 AFRINIC has to approve the recipients need for the IPv4 number resources. In order for an organisation to qualify for receiving a transfer, it must first go through the process of justifying its IPv4 resource needs before AFRINIC. That is to say, the organisation must justify before AFRINIC its initial/additional allocation/assignment usage, as applicable, according to the policies in force.


3.2.2 The recipient must be a member of AFRINIC and must meet any  other requirements defined by AFRINIC.


3.2.3 The Recipient will be subject to current AFRINIC policies and sign the RSA for the resources being received.


3.2.4 Recipients must demonstrate the need for up to a 12-month supply of IPv4 address space.


4.0 Revision History

 24 May 2016: First Draft AFPUB-2016-V4-003-DRAFT01 Posted on RPD list


5.0 References



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