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AFRINIC Releases New Version of Internet Routing Registry

AFRINIC has released a new version of its Routing Registry Service. This new version has removed the need for the ASN holder to authorise route or route6 objects.

Previously, route and route6 objects had to be authorised by both the holder of the IPv4 or IPv6 address space, and the holder of the ASN. In the case that the ASN and the address space were held by different organisations, then there was a process for semi-authorised objects to be held for seven days pending complete authorisation. In the case that the ASN was not issued by AFRINIC, then HostMaster staff had to authorise the route or route6 objects.

After discussion in AFRINIC's database working group https://lists.afrinic.net/mailman/listinfo/dbwg>, and checking the practices of other Internet Routing Registry services, AFRINIC has decided to remove the need for the ASN holder to authorise any route or route6 objects in the AFRINIC IRR. The route or route6 objects still need to be authorised by the address space holder, using the password associated with the mnt-routes or mnt-lower fields in the associated inetnum or inet6num object. The address holder is responsible for maintaining the accuracy of the route(6) objects in the AFRINIC IRR.

These changes have been reflected in the updated version of the AFRINIC Internet Routing Registry Guide.


From September 2018, the RIPE NCC database no longer supports the creation of route(6) and aut-num objects that refer to out-of-region resources. AFRINIC membership who were  using this RIPE NCC service has been requested to move their route objects in the AFRINIC IRR.

Over 60 members have adopted the AFRINIC IRR in the period August-September and 32% of the AFRINIC membership is currently using the AFRINIC IRR.

AFRINIC encourages its members to continue to move their route objects its IRR and give their feedback on the service via the survey link they received upon resolution of their ticket.

The new version of Routing Registry Service is available here: <https://afrinic.net/en/services/afrinic-irr>. 

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