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16-bit ASN Depletion Date Near


Further to the recent announcement (21st January 2014) from the Number Resource Organization (NRO) regarding the approaching depletion of the 16-bit ASN pool, AFRINIC would like to highlight the following to our members and the community:

  • AFRINIC is currently issuing AS numbers from a 32-bit (undifferentiated) pool according to the global policy adopted by ICANN on 20th September 2010.
  • In-line with the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) policy for allocation of ASN blocks to Regional Internet Registries and according to our current consumption rates and those of the other RIRs, AFRINIC may not be able to acquire another block of 16-bit only ASNs, as they may have been depleted by the other RIRs at the point in time when we would have requested a subsequent block.
  • We have (therefore) reserved 237 (16-bit only) ASNs. These are for unforeseen circumstances pertaining to the ongoing deployment and usage of 32-bit ASNs, such as the possibility that the equipment of a network operator’s peers being not able to support 32-bit ASNs, among others.

AFRINIC strongly encourages our members and all network operators in the community to check for 32-bit ASN functionality before purchasing new equipment, and to upgrade current non-compliant equipment in order to support the 32-bit ASN standard, as 16-bit only ASNs will soon be depleted from the IANA pool, and will no longer be available by all RIRs for assignment to network operators in their respective regions.



Call for Comments to the (draft) Resource Policy Manual (RPM)


Further to our communication during the AFRINIC – 19 Public Policy Meeting, the first draft of the AFRINIC Resource Policy Manual (RPM) is now published for the community’s review, input and comments. The RPM is a collection of all currently active policy proposals, arranged into one document for ease of reference and update.


The community is called upon to review the draft and submit any comments on the document by 30 March 2014.


A final draft shall be published and presented to the AFRINIC Board for approval – upon which, the official RPM shall be effective, 30 April 2014.


Please click here to view the document and submit your feedback.


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