[sig-policy] End of Comment Period: prop-107-v001: AS number transfer po

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  • Thread-topic: End of Comment Period: prop-107-v001: AS number transfer policy proposal
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    • Dear Colleagues,

      On behalf of Andy Linton, Policy SIG chair, I would like to inform you
      that the final comment period of prop-107-v001 has ended as follows.


      prop-107-v001: AS number transfer policy proposal

      Dear colleagues

      The eight-week final comment period for the proposal 'AS number transfer 
      policy proposal' 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


      prop-107-v001: AS number transfer policy proposal


      Author: Tomohiro Fujisaki <fujisaki at syce dot net>

      1. Problem statement

      In the APNIC region, IPv4 transfer policy has been implemented since
      February 2010.

      On the other hand, there is no transfer policy for AS numbers, while
      some demands for transfers of AS numbers between AS number holders are
      have been observed through individual feedback to the proposal author.

      - There are a few requests to transfer the AS number with IPv4 address
        at the same time. However, currently, AS numbers are not able
        transfer under the transfer policy and only under M&A.

      - Currently, there is no policy for transfers of AS numbers between
        RIRs. M&A policy allows transfers of AS number only within the same
        RIR region. However, there are expected to be some cases where
        organizations wish to transfer both IPv4 address and AS number at the
        same time to an LIR in other RIR region.

      - AS number is also limited resource, and it is meaningful to promote
        efficient use with transfer policy.

      2. Objective of policy change
      The objective of this proposal is to allow transfer of AS numbers
      between organizations in the APNIC region, as well as with members of
      other RIRs, if a counterpart RIR has adopted an equivalent transfer
      policy for AS numbers.

      3. Situation in other regions

      Intra-region transfer policy:

      There is a AS number transfer policy in the ARIN region.

      No other RIRs implement AS number transfer policy.

      Inter-RIR transfer policy:

      There was a Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2013-1 which allows Inter-RIR
      ASN transfers, but it was abandoned by ARIN AC in June 2013.

      ARIN AC said the reason as follows in their statements; (see
      "Based on the feedback received at the ARIN 31 Public Policy Meeting,
      and at the Public Policy Consultation at NANOG 58, the ARIN AC voted
      to abandon ARIN-2013-1 "Section 8.4 Inter-RIR Transfers of ASNs".  The
      feedback from the community indicated that many people felt the policy
      was unnecessary as it would have no effect until/unless another RIR
      expresses interest in allowing Inter-RIR ASN transfers as well.

      4. Proposed policy solution
      AS numbers may be transferred if recipient of the transfer will meets
      the criteria under the current APNIC policy for an assignment of AS

      Inter-regional AS number transfers may take place only via RIRs who
      agree to the transfer and share reciprocal, compatible, needs-based

      5. Explain the advantages of the proposal
      Just like IPv4 addresses, AS numbers are finite resource. This proposal
      promotes efficient use of AS numbers by allowing transfers of AS
      numbers, which is no longer needed by the existing holders.

      6. Explain the disadvantages of the proposal
      No disadvantages.

      7. Impact on resource holders
      NIRs are able to choose whether or not to implement this policy.

      8. References (if required)

      ARIN's AS number transfer policy: