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Internet Number Community's IANA Oversight Proposal Submitted

22 January 2015 - On 15 January 2015 the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team submitted the Internet number community’s proposal  to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG).

You can find the proposal at:

The proposal will shortly be available in French.

Key Elements

The key elements of the proposal are:

  • ICANN to continue as the IANA Functions Operator for the IANA Numbering Services, hereinafter referred to as the IANA Numbering Services Operator, via a contract with the RIR;
  • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) related to the provision of the IANA services remains with the community;
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the IANA Numbering Services Operator;
  • Establishment of a Review Committee, with representatives from each RIR, to advise the NRO EC on the review of the IANA functions operator’s performance and meeting of identified service levels.

You can find all previous drafts, an overview of community input and feedback as well as recordings of all CRISP Team teleconferences here.


The CRISP Team held a series of teleconferences which were open to observers to discuss the proposals, published two drafts and called upon the five RIR communities for input. The third and final draft represents the global Internet number community's consensus position.

On behalf of the entire AFRINIC community, our thanks go the entire CRISP Team for their tireless work to pull together this complex document in a matter of weeks, and especially to our community representatives Alan P. Barrett and Mwenda Kivuva and AFRINIC staff representative Ernest Byaruhanga.

Next Steps

The ICG will work to consolidate proposals received from the three stakeholder communities (Numbers, Domain Names and Protocol Parameters), with the goal of producing a single proposal on IANA stewardship for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) by June 2015. We will keep AFRINIC members and the AFRINIC community informed of all developments though our dedicated mailing lists, webpages and social media accounts.

More Information

Sign up to the following IANA Oversight Transition-related mailing lists:

Read the background and keep up to date with developments on our dedicated IANA Oversight Transition pages

2014 - A Year In Review


As we head into 2015, we take a look back over AFRINIC's key achievements, events and milestones over 2014.

2014: In Numbers


 IPv4 addresses allocated/assigned

3,276,817 /48s

of IPv6 address space allocated/assigned


Autonomous System (AS) Numbers assigned.


of the ASNs assigned by AFRINIC announce IPv6


new members welcomed on board


new staff joined the AFRINIC team


new departments created: Research & Innovation and Capacity Building & Community Development


people attended AFRINIC-20, the Africa Internet
Summit (AIS)
 and AFRINIC-21


people trained on IPv6 and/or Internet Number Resource Management in nine countries


policies proposed, five still under discussion and one withdrawn.

US$ 93 500

given to 11 winners of the FIRE Grants. 4 people received a cash prize of US$ 3000 each for the  FIRE Awards

12 people from 12 countries

awarded fellowships to attend AFRINIC-20, the Africa Internet Summit (AIS) and AFRINIC-21

2014: The Highlights



A Board retreat was organised in Mauritius
where the Board discussed the AFRINIC
strategic plan for 2015-2020 and
approved the 2014 budget.
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AFRINIC Board approved change to
AFRINIC accounting currency from
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16-Bit ASN Depletion Date Nears.
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NTIA Announce Intention to Transition the
Oversight of the IANA functions to
the global multi-stakeholder community.

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Internet technical leaders welcome
IANA globalisation progress.
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AFRINIC CEO Adiel Akplogan responds
to US Government's transfer of Internet
technical functions announcement (video).
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Winners of the second edition of
AFRINIC's Fund for Internet Research
and Education (FIRE) Programme
Grants 2014 announced.
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AFRINIC launches portal to streamline
registration for new members.
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Global IPv4 supply reaches critically low level.
AFRINIC Members urged to ramp up
IPv6 deployment Plans.
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AFRINIC signs Letter of Intent (LoI) with the
ITU-BDT Director Mr Ibrahima Sanou to promote
and support IPv6 deployment throughout Africa.
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Second successful AFRICA Internet
Summit (AIS) and AFRINIC-20 Public
Policy Meeting held in Djibouti.
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Kris Seeburn (Mauritius),
Christian Bope (DR Congo)
and Andrew Alston (South Africa)
elected to the AFRINIC Board.
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Adam Nelson Elected
as Policy Development
Working Group co-Chair
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AFRINIC installs RIPE Atlas
Anchor on its infrastructure
in Mauritius.
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AFRINIC starts its regional consultation
on the IANA transition process.
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ICANN announces IANA Oversight Transition
Coordination Group Members -
Adiel Akplogan (AFRINIC)
and Paul Wilson (APNIC)
to represent the five RIR Communities.
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ICG has its first meeting in London;
representatives attend on behalf
of the five RIR communities.
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AFRINIC deploys new version of WHOIS.
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Winners of the third edition of
AFRINIC's Fund for Internet Research
and Education (FIRE) Programme
(FIRE) 2014 Awards announced.
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AFRINIC launches new Internet Routing
Registry (IRR) and issues call to populate it.
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AFRINIC receives allocation of the equivalent
of a /12 of IPv4 address space from the IANA.
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“No Reverse Unless Assigned”
policy implemented.
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AFRINIC Board of Directors announces departure of
AFRINIC's founding CEO Adiel A. Akplogan.
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Decision by the NRO-EC to set up the CRISP Team
to consolidate the regional consultation process.
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AFRINIC-21 Public Policy Meeting held in Mauritius;
Over 200 people attend.
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AFRINIC announces launch of
'AFRINIC/RIPE Atlas Initiative'
to support Internet measurements
throughout Africa and beyond. 
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Second AFRINEWS of the Year published.
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