[sig-policy] A new version of the proposal "prop-118: No need policy in APNIC region"

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    • Dear SIG members

      A new version of the proposal "prop-118: No need policy in APNIC region"
      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 the proposal?
        - Is there anything in the proposal that is not clear?
        - What changes could be made to this proposal to make it more effective?

      Please find the text of the proposal below.

      Kind Regards,

      Sumon, Bertrand, Ching-Heng
      APNIC Policy SIG Chairs


      prop-118-v002: No need policy in APNIC region


      Proposer: Heng Lu

      1. Problem Statement

      Whenever a transfer of IPv4 is taking place within the APNIC region, the
      recipient needs to demonstrate the "need" for the IPv4 space they intend
      to transfer.

      Companies transferring IPv4 space to their pool do this in ordcer to
      enable further growth in their network, since the space is not coming
      from the free public pool, regular policies that are intended to protect
      the limited pool of IPv4 space can be removed in transfers.

      2. Objective of policy change

      Simplify transfer of IPv4 space between resource holders.
      Ease some administration on APNIC staff, increase database accuracy.

      3. Situation in other regions

      RIPE region has an all around no need policy in IPv4, even for first
      allocation, transfers do not require the recipient to demonstrate their
      intended use of the resources.

      ARIN, need base for both transfers and resources issued by ARIN.

      AFRINIC, need based policy on transfers (not active yet) and resource
      request from AFRINIC based on needs.

      LACNIC, no transfers, need based request.

      Out of all these RIR, only ARIN and RIPE NCC have inter-RIR transfer
      policies,  ARIN has made clear in the past that the "no need" policy
      from the RIPE region would break inter-RIR transfers from ARIN to RIPE

      4. Proposed policy solution

      Simply copy the RIPE policy to solve the ARIN transfer incompatibility:

        - APNIC shall accept all transfers of Internet number resources to its
          service region, provided that they comply with the policies relating
          to transfers within its service region.

        - For transfers from RIR regions that require the receiving region to
          have needs-based policies, recipients must provide a plan to the
          APNIC for the use of at least 50% of the transferred resources within
          5 years.

        - When transferring Internet number resources to another RIR, the APNIC
          will follow the transfer policies that apply within its own service 
          The APNIC will also comply with the commitments imposed by the 
          RIR in order to facilitate the transfer.

      5. Advantages / Disadvantages


        - Harmonisation with RIPE region.
        - Makes transfer simpler and smoother within APNIC and between APNIC
          and RIPE.
        - Maintains a compatibility with ARIN.
        - Removes the uncertainty that a transfer may be rejected based on
          potentially badly documented needs.
        - Lowers the overall administrative burden on APNIC staff.



      6. Impact on resource holders


      7. References