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IPv4 Allocation to AFRINIC

On 2 September 2014, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) made an allocation of the equivalent of a /12 of IPv4 address space to AFRINIC and each of the other four RIRs in accordance with the "Global Policy for Post Exhaustion IPv4 Allocation Mechanisms by the IANA". This policy states that the RIRs will each receive one-fifth of any recovered addresses in the IANA's recovered pool every six months, in March and September.

AFRINIC was allocated the IPv4 address range - from IANA's recovered pool.

For more information about getting Internet resources from AFRINIC, please see:

For information about IPv4 exhaustion, please see:

Implementation of the “No Reverse Unless Assigned” Policy

We would like to inform members and the community that a policy “No Reverse Unless Assigned” (AFPUB-2012-DNS-001) has been implemented by AFRINIC after having gone successfully through the Policy Development Process.

This policy limits AFRINIC (LIR) members from obtaining reverse delegation (rDNS) from AFRINIC unless the address space that the LIR has issued (assigned or sub-allocated) to its customers and/or own network infrastructure has been recorded in the AFRINIC whois Database by the LIR.

Further to the implementation of this policy, AFRINIC notes that 207 LIR members (out of our total membership of 1112) are not in conformity with this policy.

Therefore, AFRINIC requests the cooperation of those 207 members who currently have reverse DNS services for allocated address space but have not registered any customer assignments or sub-allocations under that space to register those customer assignments and sub-allocations in order to comply with this policy.

 AFRINIC reminds these 207 LIRs that they have twelve (12) months as from Monday 22 September 2014 (as indicated in the policy) to register their assignments and sub-allocations. AFRINIC will disable reverse delegation of any LIR not in compliance as of 21 September 2015.

AFRINIC reminds members and the community that we will no longer grant rDNS services unless an assignment or sub-allocation of the specific address space is registered appropriately in the AFRINIC whois database as required by this newly implemented policy.

For any assistance or clarification, please contact AFRINIC at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The policy “No Reverse Unless Assigned” is available at:



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