An update on the AfriNIC situation

Jon Lewis jlewis at
Tue Aug 31 20:53:53 UTC 2021

On Tue, 31 Aug 2021, Sabri Berisha wrote:

> ----- On Aug 31, 2021, at 8:40 AM, Jon Lewis jlewis at wrote:
> Hi,
> [ I'm not affiliated with CI in any way, just playing the Devil's Advocate ]
>> " AFRINIC resources are for AFRINIC service region and any use
>> outside the region should be solely in support of connectivity back to the
>> AFRINIC region."
>> AfriNIC's policy is not at all vague on the matter that their resources
>> are to be used in or to support connectivity in the AFRINIC region.
> In all fairness, that is as ambiguous as it can be. What constitutes "support
> of connectivity back to the AfriNIC region"?
> It's easy to argue that CI is in full compliance with that since their
> assignment supports connectivity between users in Africa and their clients'
> services. In that case, only IP space used outside of Africa not advertised
> to the internet would be in violation.

I think any reasonable person would argue "in support of connectivity back 
to the AFRINIC region." would cover things like providing IP addressing 
for a network that extends into the AfriNIC region, and not to leasing IPs 
to random orgs outside the AfriNIC region for use on networks that don't 
extend into the AfriNIC region.

Regardless, I gather from other messages, the issue is CI claims this is a 
misapplication of policy (or AfriNIC f'd up writing the CPM) and CI claims doesn't apply because their allocations pre-date AfriNIC being 
down to their final /8.

It sure looks to me like this was a major oversight, as doesn't 
appear to have anything to do with soft landing, but is under the soft 
landing section of the CPM (which says "This section describes how AFRINIC 
shall assign...resources during the "Exhaustion Phase"...."

  Jon Lewis, MCP :)           |  I route
  StackPath, Sr. Neteng       |  therefore you are
_________ for PGP public key_________

More information about the NANOG mailing list