[sig-policy] New APNIC Policy Proposal - prop-131-v002: Editorial changes in IPv6 Policy

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  • From: "Bertrand Cherrier" <b.cherrier@micrologic.nc>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2019 11:35:32 +0700
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    • Dear SIG members,

      The proposal "prop-131-v002: Editorial changes in IPv6 Policy" has been
      sent to the Policy SIG for review.

      It will be presented at the Open Policy Meeting at APNIC 48 in
      Chiang Mai, Thailand on Thursday, 12 September 2019.

      We invite you to review and comment on the proposal on the mailing list
      before the meeting.

      The comment period on the mailing list before an APNIC meeting is an
      important part of the policy development process. We encourage you to
      express your views on the proposal:

      • Do you support or oppose this proposal?
      • Does this proposal solve a problem you are experiencing? If so, tell the community about your situation.
      • Do you see any disadvantages in 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?

      Information about this proposal is available at:


      Sumon, Bertrand, Ching-Heng
      APNIC Policy SIG Chairs

      prop-131-v002: Editorial changes in IPv6 Policy

      Proposer: Jordi Palet Martínez

      1. Problem statement

      This proposal suggests multiple (mainly) editorial changes in the IPv6 Policy. The intent is to remove non-necessary text, and simplify the policy.

      Section is shortened, and is removed, as it is something obvious that operators need to assign some space for different parts of their own infrastructure.

      Section explicitly states that it was drafted at a time when there was no experience with IPv6 deployment, which is this is longer the case, it does not make sense to have NIR/RIR to evaluate each instance where an LIR has an End User whose end site(s) requires a shorter prefix than a /48.

      Finally, section is reworded, taking advantage of some of the editorial changes in the precedent sections, so to avoid duplicating text.

      Just as a reference for IPv6 assignment, RIPE BCOP690, provides comprehensive guidelines (Best Current Operational Practices).

      2. Objective of policy change

      Fulfil the above indicated edits.

      3. Situation in other regions

      A similar proposal has been submitted to RIPE.

      4. Proposed policy solution

      Current Text Assignment address space size


      End-users are assigned an end site assignment from their LIR or ISP. The exact size of the assignment is a local decision for the LIR or ISP to make, using a minimum value of a /64 (when only one subnet is anticipated for the end site) up to the normal maximum of /48, except in cases of extra large end sites where a larger assignment can be justified.


      New Text Assignment address space size


      End Users are assigned an end site assignment from their LIR or ISP. The size of the assignment is a local decision for the LIR or ISP to make, using a value of "n" x /64.



      Current Text Assignment of multiple /48s to a single end site

      When a single end site requires an additional /48 address block, it must request the assignment with documentation or materials that justify the request. Requests for multiple or additional /48s will be processed and reviewed (i.e., evaluation of justification) at the RIR/NIR level.

      Note: There is no experience at the present time with the assignment of multiple /48s to the same end site. Having the RIR review all such assignments is intended to be a temporary measure until some experience has been gained and some common policies can be developed. In addition, additional work at defining policies in this space will likely be carried out in the near future.

      New Text Assignment of multiple /48s to a single end site

      Assignment larger than /48 (shorter prefix) or additional assignments exceeding a total of /48 must be made based on address usage, or because different routing requirements exist for additional assignments.

      In case of a review or when making a request for a subsequent allocation, the LIR must be able to present documentation justifying the need for assignments shorter than a /48 to a single End-Site.


      Current Text Assignment to operator's infrastructure

      An organization (ISP/LIR) may assign a /48 per PoP as the service infrastructure of an IPv6 service operator. Each assignment to a PoP is regarded as one assignment regardless of the number of users using the PoP. A separate assignment can be obtained for the in-house operations of the operator.

      New Text
      (removed and following sections renumbered accordingly)


      Current Text Initial assignment


      The minimum assignment made under this policy is a /48. Larger blocks may be delegated in circumstances outlined in "APNIC guidelines for IPv6 allocation and assignment requests".


      New Text Initial assignment

      The minimum size of the assignment is a /48.
      The considerations of " Assignments shorter than a /48 to a single End-Site" must be followed if needed.


      5. Advantages / Disadvantages

      Fulfilling the objectives above indicated.

      None foreseen.

      6. Impact on resource holders


      7. References

      AFRINIC and LACNIC don’t have this requirements in their IPv6 policies and recommend an assignment size of /48 https://www.afrinic.net/policy/manual#Allocations-Assignments-Policies (section Assignment address space size) https://www.lacnic.net/684/2/lacnic/ (section - Assignment
      address space size)

      ARIN policy requires for larger initial assignments to be reasonably justified with supporting documentation, based on the number of sites in an organization’s network and the number of subnets needed to support any extra-large sites. https://www.arin.net/participate/policy/nrpm/#6-5-4-reassignments-from-lirs-isps


      Bertrand Cherrier
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      Micro Logic Systems
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