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IANA Transition


On 14 March 2014, the US Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced the intention to transition the oversight of key Internet functions, including the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to the global Internet multi-stakeholder community.


AFRINIC CEO Adiel Akplogan reacts to the NTIA announcement.


One of IANA’s core functions is the allocation of Internet number resources (IPv4, IPv6 and ASNs) to AFRINIC and the other four Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) currently manages the IANA function.


Transition Process

ICANN is coordinating the development of the transition plan and is collaborating closely with global Internet industry organisations, including the five RIRs, the IETF, the IAB, ISOC, W3C and other stakeholders.


AFRINIC’s Involvement

Together with the Number Resource Organization (NRO), AFRINIC has welcomed the transition announcement and is committed to ensuring that the needs of the African Internet community are fully represented throughout the transition process. Globalisation of the IANA function is crucial to securing the continued stability and accessibility of the Internet as well as ensuring a true multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance.





Get Involved

 Join AFRINIC's dedicated IANA oversight mailing list to discuss the transition process.


AFRINIC is a founding member of the newly formed /1net, an open, global multi-stakeholder forum set up to facilitate discussions about Internet governance. Join the discussion.


You can also discuss the IANA transition and other Internet governance issues on the AFRINIC Government Working Group mailing list, the AfrICANN mailing list or in person/via remote participation at the upcoming Africa Internet Summit (AIS). The AIS takes place in Djibouti from 25 May – 6 June.


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