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[sig-policy] Prop-101 - 8 week final comment period has ended


prop-101: Removing multihoming requirement for IPv6 portable assignments


Dear colleagues

The eight-week final comment period for the proposal 'Removing
multihoming requirement for IPv6 portable assignments' has ended.

During the comment period there were no objections raised to the
proposal. The Chairs therefore deem that consensus has been maintained
on the proposal.

We formally request that the APNIC Executive Council endorse this

For a detailed history of this proposal see:



APNIC Policy SIG Chairs

Andy, Masato and Skeeve


prop-101-v004: Removing multihoming requirement for IPv6 portable


1. Introduction

This a proposal to change the "IPv6 address allocation and assignment
policy" to allow portable (that is, provider independent or PI)
assignments of IPv6 address blocks to be made by APNIC to any
organization with due justification and payment of standard fees,
removing the current requirement that the requestor is or plans to be

2. Summary of the current problem

Current APNIC policy only permits portable assignments of IPv6
addresses to be made to an organization "if it is currently multihomed
or plans to be multihomed within three months." [1] This requirement may
unnecessarily complicate the implementation of IPv6 in some networks
that are large or complex and use static assignment of addresses. It is
therefore proposed to remove this requirement.

IPv6 models tend to assume widespread assignment of registered IPv6
addresses to equipment throughout a network; so if provider assigned
IPv6 addresses have been used in an organization's network, then any
change of ISP would require a renumbering of the entire network. Such
renumbering may be feasible if the network is small or dynamically
assigned (for example, through use of prefix-delegation), but
renumbering a large, statically-assigned network would be a significant
operational challenge, and may not be practically possible.

Although it is likely that many large networks would be multihomed,
there will be technical or commercial reasons why some will not be;
currently those networks cannot obtain portable IPv6 assignments from
APNIC, and would need to use assignments from their ISPs, and accept the
associated difficulties of future renumbering if they do so. This
consideration and complexity could significantly delay IPv6 use by the
affected organisations, which is not desirable.

There is a risk that removing the multihoming requirement could cause
a significant increase in demand for portable assignments, which in turn
could cause the Internet routing tables to grow beyond manageable
levels. It is not feasible to quickly generate any realistic model of
likely demand increase which would arise from the proposed policy
change, but it is argued that any such increase would only be of a scale
to produce a manageable impact on global routing, for reasons including:

    - Organizations would only be likely to seek portable addressing if
      they believed it were essential for their operations, as provider
      assigned IPv6 addressing would be likely to be offered
      automatically and at no additional cost with their Internet
      services from their ISP;

    - APNIC membership fees would be expected to naturally discourage
      unnecessary requests, as these would be a far greater cost than
      that for provider assigned addressing;

    - Many or most organizations that require portable addressing will
      be multihomed, so the demand increase caused by removing the
      multihomed requirement should be small;

    - Only a limited set of an ISP's products is likely to allow
      customers to use portable assignments if they are singly-homed.

3.Situation in other RIRs

APNIC is now the only RIR remaining with an absolute requirement for
multihoming for portable address assignments.

AfriNIC: The "Policy for IPv6 ProviderIndependent (PI) Assignment for
End-Sites" [2] does not mention any requirement for multihoming;

ARIN: Section 6.5.8 of the "ARIN Number Resource Policy Manual" [3]
only identifies multihoming as one of several alternative criteria for
direct IPv6 assignment to end-user organizations;

LACNIC: There is no mention of multihoming anywhere in the IPv6
section (Section 4) of the current LACNIC Policy Manual (v1.8 -
07/12/2011) [4].

RIPE: The latest version (RIPE-545 [5]) published in January 2012 of
the "IPv6 Address Allocation and Assignment Policy" does not mention
multihoming, removing the requirement that existed in previous versions
of the document.


It is proposed that section 5.9.1 of APNIC's "IPv6 address allocation
and assignment policy" (apnic-089-v010) is rewritten to remove the
absolute multihoming requirement for portable assignments, and to
incorporate the following conditions:

A.  Portable IPv6 assignments are to be made only to organizations
    that have either joined APNIC as members or have signed the
    non-member agreement, under the standard terms & conditions and
    paying the standard fees applicable for their respective category.

B.  An organization will be automatically eligible for a minimum IPv6
    portable assignment if they have previously justified an IPv4
    portable assignment from APNIC.

C.  Requests by organizations that have not previously received an
    IPv4 portable assignment will need to be accompanied by:

    (a) a reasonable technical justification indicating why IPv6
        addresses from an ISP or other LIR are unsuitable - examples of
        suitable technical justifications may include (but are not limited to):

        (i) Demonstration that the relevant network is statically
            addressed and of a size or complexity that would make IPv6
            renumbering operationally impractical within an acceptable
            business period, together with evidence that dynamic or
            multiple addressing options are either not available from
            the relevant ISP or are unsuitable for use by the

        (ii) Demonstration that any future renumbering of the relevant
             network could potentially interfere with services of a
             critical medical or civic nature;

    (b) A detailed plan of intended usage of the proposed address block
       over at least the 12 months following allocation.

D.  The minimum IPv6 portable assignment to any organization is to be
    an address block of /48. A portable assignment of a larger block
    (that is, a block with a prefix mask less than /48) may be made:

    (a) If it is needed to ensure that the HD-ratio for the planned
        network assignments from the block remains below the applied
        HD-ratio threshold specified in Section 5.3.1 of the APNIC IPv6
        policy [6], or;

    (b) If addressing is required for 2 or more of the organization's
        sites operating distinct and unconnected networks.

    Any requests for address blocks larger than the minimum size will
    need to be accompanied by a detailed plan of the intended usage of
    the proposed assignment over at least the following 12 months.

E.  In order to minimise routing table impacts:

    (a) Only one IPv6 address block is to be given to an organization
        upon an initial request for a portable assignment; subnets of
        this block may be assigned by the organization to its different
        sites if needed;

    (b) It is recommended that the APNIC Secretariat applies sparse
        allocation methodologies so that any subsequent requests from an
        organization for additional portable addressing would be
        accommodated where possible through a change of prefix mask of a
        previous assignment (for example, 2001:db8:1000::/48 -> ]
        2001:db8:1000::/44), rather than through allocation of a new
        prefix. An additional prefix should only be allocated where it
        is not possible to simply change the prefix mask.

    (c) Any subsequent request for an additional portable assignment to
        an organization must be accompanied by information

        (i) Why an additional portable assignment is required, and why
            an assignment from from an ISP or other LIR cannot be used
            for this purpose instead;

        (ii) That the use of previous portable IPv6 allocations
             generated the minimum possible number of global routing
             announcements and the maximum aggregation of that block;

        (iii) How the additional assignment would be managed to minimise
              the growth of the global IPv6 routing table.

    (d) The APNIC Secretariat will produce reports of the number of
        portable IPv6 assignments requested, preferably as an
        automatically-generated daily graph of the number of cumulative
        IPv6 portable assignments published publically on the APNIC
        website, or else as regular (at a minimum, quarterly) reports
        sent to the sig-policy mailing list detailing the incremental
        assignments of new IPv6 portable assignments made since the last
        report, plus the cumulative total of IPv6 portable assignments.



    - This proposal would provide access to portable IPv6 addresses
      for all organizations with valid needs, removing a potential
      impediment to industry standard IPv6 addressing for large
      singly-homed networks

    - This change would align APNIC with the policies of all other RIRs
      on portable assignments


    - There would be a risk of an unmanageably large increase in
      global IPv6 routing table size and APNIC workload if there were to
      be a substantial and widespread increase in demand for portable
      assignments arising from the removal of the multihoming

    - But demand is expected to be limited by the requirements specified
      in section 4 for justifications and APNIC standard fees, as well
      as other industry factors such as the capability of Internet
      services to support portable addressing.

6.Effect on APNIC

The impact of this proposal on the APNIC Secretariat would depend on
the increase of demand for portable assignments. Even if demand is
eventually large, it is unlikely that there will be an significant
change in hostmaster workloads for a long time because of the slow rate
of take up of IPv6, and so there should be sufficient time to identify
and take steps to modify policies and processes if necessary to manage
the increase.

7.Effect on NIRs

This proposal specifically applies to portable assignments made by
APNIC. It would be the choice of each NIR as to whether they would adopt
a similar policy.


[1] Section 5.9.1, IPv6 address allocation and assignment policy,
[2] http://www.afrinic.net/docs/policies/AFPUB-2007-v6-001.htm
[3] https://www.arin.net/policy/nrpm.html#six58
[4] http://www.lacnic.net/en/politicas/manual5.html
[5] http://www.ripe.net/ripe/docs/ripe-545 [6]Section 5.3.1, IPv6
    address allocation and assignment policy,

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