The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa. It is responsible for the distribution and management of Internet number resources - IP address space (IPv4 and IPv6) and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs) - in its service region, which includes Africa and the Indian Ocean region.
AFRINIC’s mission is to provide professional and efficient distribution of Internet number resources to the African Internet community, to support Internet technology usage and development across the continent and to strengthen Internet self-governance in Africa through a bottom-up, multi-stakeholder Policy Development Process (PDP).
Internet number resources are allocated to AFRINIC and the four other RIRs by Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). PTI is responsible for coordinating the Internet’s unique identifiers and performs the IANA functions, which include coordination of domain names, Internet number resources and protocol parameters.
There are four other RIRs worldwide:
- APNIC, serving the Asia Pacific.
- ARIN, serving Canada, the United States, and many Caribbean and North Atlantic islands.
- LACNIC, serving Latin America and the Caribbean.
- RIPE NCC, serving Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia.
Each of the five RIRs re-allocate Internet number resources they receive from PTI to their members within their own geographical regions according to their respective community developed policies.
Origins & Core Values
In April 2005, ICANN recognised AFRINIC as the fifth Regional Internet Registry in the world according to criteria defined in its ICP-2 document (criteria for establishment of regional Internet registries).
AFRINIC follow the bottom-up approach, is membership based and community oriented organisation. Know the:
AFRINIC is governed by the AFRINIC Bylaws.
The main role of AFRINIC is to serve the African region as Regional Internet Registry, alike the four other continents which have their own RIR.
AFRINIC offers a unique opportunity to be at the core of the Internet development both globally and in its service region, which covers the African continent and Indian Ocean region.
If you have concerns, suggestions or even complaints related to any AFRINIC activities and/or services, please get in touch with us.