[sig-policy] prop-051: Global policy for the allocation of the remaining

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  • From: Toshiyuki Hosaka <hosaka at nic dot ad dot jp>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 14:26:19 +0900
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      The proposal "Global policy for the allocation of the remaining IPv4
      address space" has been sent to the Policy SIG for review. It will be
      presented at the Policy SIG at APNIC 24 in New Delhi, India, 29 August
      - 7 September 2007.
      
      I invite you all to review the proposal below and send comments to the
      mailing list before APNIC 24.
      
      The proposal's history can be found at:
      
                http://www.apnic.net/policy/proposals/prop-051-v001.html
      
      Regards,
      Toshi
      ---
      Toshiyuki Hosaka
      Policy SIG Chair
      
      
      ________________________________________________________________________
      
      prop-051-v001:  Global policy for the allocation of the remaining IPv4
                       address space
      ________________________________________________________________________
      
      
      
      Author:    Roque Gagliano , ANTEL
                  Francisco Obispo, CENIT
                  Hytham EL Nakhal, MCIT
                  Didier Allain Kla, ISOC Cote d'Ivoire
      
      Version:   1
      
      Date:      26 July 2007
      
      
      
      1.  Introduction
      ----------------
      In order to assure the equal distribution of the IPv4 address space
      across RIR regions, this policy proposal describes  a process for the
      allocation of the remaining IPv4 space from IANA to the existing RIRs.
      
      
      2.  Summary of current problem
      ------------------------------
      
      The IANA pool is decreasing rapidly. The current "on demand" policy
      in a way rewards who uses the most addresses and maintaining. As more
      addresses are allocated, a rush to monopolize the allocation of
      addresses from IANA is possible.
      
      
      3.   Situation in other RIRs
      ----------------------------
      
      LACNIC: This proposal reached consensus at LACNIC X meeting and is
               awaiting Board approval.
      
      AFRINIC/RIPE/ARIN: The prooposal proposal is being submitted to all
                          regions.
      
      
      4.   Details of the proposal
      ----------------------------
      
      Policy Statement:
      
      This policy describes the process for the allocation of the remaining
      IPv4 space from IANA to the RIRs. When a minimum amount of available
      space is reached, an identical number of IPv4 allocation units (/8s)
      will be allocated from IANA to each RIR, replacing the current IPv4
      allocation policy.
      
      In order to fulfill the requirements of this policy, at the time it is
      adopted, an identical number of IPv4 allocation units (N units) will be
      reserved by IANA for each RIR. The number N is defined as: 5. The
      reserved allocation units will no longer be part of the available space
      at the IANA pool. The process for the allocation of the remaining IPv4
      space is divided in two consecutives phases:
      
      
      1. Existing policy phase:
      
          During this phase IANA will continue allocating IPv4 addresses to
          the RIRs using the existing allocation policy.  This phase will
          continue until a request for IPv4 address space from any RIR to
          IANA cannot be fulfilled with the remaining IPv4 space available at
          the IANA pool.
      
          This will be the last IPv4 address space request that IANA will
          accept from any RIR. At this point the next phase of the process
          will be initiated.
      
      
      2. Exhaustion phase:
      
          IANA will automatically allocate the reserved IPv4 allocation units
          to each RIR (N units to each one) and respond to the last request
          with the remaining available allocation units at the IANA pool (M
          units).
      
          2.1. Size of the final IPv4 allocations:
      
               During this phase IANA will automatically allocate N allocation
               units to each RIR from the reserved space defined in this
               policy. IANA will also allocate M allocation units to the RIR
               that submitted the last request for IPv4 addresses.
      
          2.2. Allocation of the remaining IPv4 Address space:
      
               After the completion of the evaluation of the final request for
               IPv4 addresses, IANA must:
      
               A) Immediately notify the NRO about the activation of the
                  second phase of this policy.
      
               B) Proceed to allocate M allocation units to the RIR that
                  submitted the last request for IPv4 address space.
      
               C) Proceed to allocate N allocation units to each RIR from the
                  reserved space.
      
      
      5.   Advantages and disadvantages of the proposal
      -------------------------------------------------
      
      Advantages:
      
      - It eliminates the pressure on the central pool.
      
      - It allows each RIR to approve new policies for the allocation of
         their remaining space.
      
      - It allows the discussion of the concept of the policy first and the
         size of the final allocation later.
      
      
      Disadvantage:
      
      - Concerns have been raised regarding the address blocks that will be
         kept at smaller RIRs (particularly LACNIC and AFRINIC). However,
         at the actual address consumption rate, to open those blocks
         (10 x /8) would only represent a 12-month extension of the
         exhaustion date for the bigger RIRs.
      
      
      6.   Effect on APNIC members
      ----------------------------
      
      APNIC will continue receiving IPv4 allocation units by the current
      policy until the central pool reachs 25 x /8. At that time APNIC and
      the rest of the RIR will receive its last 5 x /8.
      
      
      7.   Effect on NIRs
      -------------------
      
      No effect.
      
      (end of document)