[sig-policy]Policy proposal: IPv6 allocations to IPv4 networks

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  • From: "Paul Wilson" <pwilson at apnic dot net>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2004 13:05:10 +1000
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      Paul Wilson
      Proposal: IPv6 allocations to organisations with existing IPv4
      Version 1.0
      The current IPv6 policy allows existing IPv4 infrastructure to be considered
      in requests for IPv6 address space.  This is described in section 4.4
      "Consideration of IPv4 Infrastructure", which states:
      "Where an existing IPv4 service provider requests IPv6 space for eventual
      transition of existing services to IPv6, the number of present IPv4
      customers may be used to justify a larger request than would be justified if
      based solely on the IPv6 infrastructure."
      This policy indicates an intention to consider an existing IPv4 network in
      order to justify larger allocations, however it does not sufficiently
      describe how that infrastructure and customer base should be taken into
      account in making an IPv6 allocation.  This policy proposal aims to address
      this problem by clarifying the relevant policy and procedures.
      The IPv6 policy and allocation procedures should be updated to explicitly
      document the consideration given to an existing infrastructure and customer
      Section 4.4 of the policy should be replaced with the following:
      "Where an existing IPv4 service provider requests IPv6 space for provision
      of existing services via IPv6, the existing IPv4 infrastructure and customer
      base will be evaluated, and an IPv6 allocation will be made which is
      sufficient to allow the network to be addressed using IPv6. 
      Section 5.1.2 should be replaced with the following:
      "Organizations that meet the initial allocation criteria are eligible to
      receive a minimum allocation of /32.
      "Qualifying organizations may request an initial allocation greater than /32
      by submitting additional documentation that reasonably justifies the
      request.  This may include comprehensive documentation of the planned
      infrastructure; or, in accordance with section 4.4, a description of an
      existing IPv4 network which is to receive IPv6 addresses.   In either case,
      an allocation will be made which fulfills the calculated address
      requirement, in accordance with the HD-Ratio based utilisation policy."
      In evaluating a request under this "existing IPv4 network" provision,
      standard hostmaster request processes will be used to determine the total
      IPv6 addressing requirement of the existing infrastructure and customer
      base.  Information may be obtained from previous requests and/or database
      registrations, and additional exchanges as required.  
      The request and evaluation should apply only to IPv4 infrastructure and
      customers which are intended to receive IPv6 addresses. It is not necessary
      that the organisation commit to a complete transition to IPv6 at any time,
      only that the IPv6 addresses will be used, and that use of the address space
      will commence within 2 years.
      NIR Considerations 
      This policy should be applicable equally to all NIRs in the APNIC region.
      This policy should become effective in the APNIC region after approval
      through the APNIC policy process, and reasonable coordination efforts
      involving other RIR regions.