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[sig-policy] New version of prop-111 Request-based expansion of IPv6 default allocation size

Dear SIG members

A new version of the proposal "prop-111 Request-based expansion of IPv6
default allocation size" has been sent to the Policy SIG for review.

Information about earlier versions is available from:


You are encouraged to express your views on the proposal:

- Do you support or oppose this proposal?
- Is there anything in the proposal that is not clear?
- What changes could be made to this proposal to make it more effective?


Andy and Masato

prop-111-v002 Request-based expansion of IPv6 default allocation size

Author: Tomohiro Fujisaki

1. Problem statement

IPv6 minimum allocation size to LIRs is defined as /32 in the "IPv6
address allocation and assignment policy"[1]. It's better to
expand this minimum allocation size up to /29 (/32 - /29) since:

- Before sparse allocation mechanism implemented in late 2006, /29
was reserved for all /32 allocations by sequential allocation
method made from those old /23 blocks. These reserved blocks
might be kept unused in the future.

- Sparse allocation mechanism was implemented in late 2006 with a
/12 allocation from the IANA. Under the sparse allocation
mechanism, there is no reservation size defined, and the space
between allocations continues to change, depending on the
remaining free pool available in APNIC.

However, the "APNIC guidelines for IPv6 allocation and
assignment requests"[2] stated:

"In accordance with APNIC's "IPv6 address allocation and
assignment policy", where possible, subsequent delegations to the
same resource holder are made from an adjacent address block by
growing the delegation into the free space remaining, unless
disaggregated ranges are requested for multiple discrete

So, it is expected that allocation up to /29 is guaranteed for
consistency with allocations above. Based on the current
situation, contiguous allocation of /29 can still be accommodated
even under the sparse allocation mechanism (Current /32
allocations from the /12 block can grow up to /24 at this stage).

- For traffic control purpose, some LIRs announce address blocks
longer than /32 (e.g. /35). However, some ISPs may set filters to
block address size longer than /32 since some filtering
guidelines recommend to filter longer prefix than /32([3][4]). If
LIRs have multiple /32, they can announce these blocks and its
reachability will be better than longer prefix.

- If an LIR needs address blocks larger than /32, LIRs may tend to
announce as a single prefix if a /29 is allocated initially at
once. i.e., total number of announced prefixes in case 1 may be
smaller than in case 2.

case 1:
The LIR obtains /29 at the beginning of IPv6 network construction.

case 2:
The LIR obtains /32, and /31, /30 additionally with the subsequent
allocation mechanism.

Â2. Objective of policy change
This proposal modifies the eligibility for an organization to
receive an initial IPv6 allocation up to a /29 (/32 - /29) by
request basis.

3. Situation in other regions

The policy "Extension of IPv6 /32 to /29 on a per-allocation vs
per-LIR basis" is adopted in RIPE-NCC and LIRs in RIPE region can get
up to /29 by default.

4. Proposed policy solution

- Change the text to "5.2.2 Minimum initial allocation size" of
current policy document as below:

Organizations that meet the initial allocation criteria are
eligible to receive an initial allocation of /32. For allocations
up to /29 no additional documentation is necessary.

- Add following text in the policy document:

for Existing IPv6 address space holders

LIRs that hold one or more IPv6 allocations are able to request
extension of each of these allocations up to a /29 without meeting
the utilization rate for subsequent allocation and providing
further documentation.

5. Explain the advantages of the proposal
- It is possible to utilize address blocks which is potentially
unused into the future.
- It will be possible for LIRs to control traffic easier.
- Organizations can design their IPv6 networks more flexibly.

6. Explain the disadvantages of the proposal
Some people may argue this will lead to inefficient utilization of
IPv6 space since LIRs can obtain huge address size unnecessarily.
However, this will not happen because larger address size needs
higher cost to maintain that address block.

7. Impact on resource holders
NIRs must implement this policy if it is implemented by APNIC.

8. References
[1] IPv6 address allocation and assignment policy

[2] APNIC guidelines for IPv6 allocation and assignment requests

[3] Packet Filter and Route Filter Recommendation for IPv6 at xSP routers

[4] IPv6 BGP filter recommendations