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      prop-100 National IP Address Plan - Allocation of country-wide IP
      address blocks, did not reach consensus at the APNIC 32 Policy SIG.
      Therefore, this proposal is being returned to the author and the Policy
      SIG mailing list for further discussion.
      Proposal details
      This proposal calls for the reservation of adequate IPv6 address space
      for each economy in the Asia Pacific region. Future allocations of this
      space to be made to organizations and stakeholders in the usual way.
      Proposal details including the full text of the proposal, history, and
      links to mailing list discussions are available at:
      Andy, Skeeve, and Masato
      prop-100-v001: National IP Address Plan - Allocation of country-wide IP
      address blocks
      Author:        Rakesh Mohan Agarwal <ddgnt-dot at nic dot in>
      Version:       2
      Date:          30 August 2011
      1. Introduction
      A proposal was submitted to APNIC community on 29th July 2011 for the
      reservation of a contiguous IPv6 address block for different
      organizations / stakeholders in an economy. In that proposal I have
      tried to put forward some issues regarding the current practice of APNIC
      in the allocation of IPv6 addresses.
      Further clarifications were given by me on 17/8, 22/8 and 28/8 against
      various comments and observations received during the period after that
      also. In the light of the above proposal and clarifications issued by
      me, I am submitting a revised version of Prop-100 for better
      understanding of the community members giving some background of why
      this proposal was submitted by India.
      The Government of India released a national IPv6 policy in July 2010 in
      which it took the following important decisions –
           1. All major service providers will target to handle IPv6 traffic
              and offer IPv6 services by December 2011
           2. All central and state government ministries and departments,
              including its PSUs,  shall start using IPv6 services by
           3. Formation of India IPv6 Task Force
      For the implementation of the above policy decisions many discussions
      were held with service providers and organizations in which they were of
      the opinion that there should be proper address planning for different
      organizations within the economy. So taking cue from this, Government of
      India (Department of Telecommunications) set up a committee for
      formulation of a National IPv6 address policy.
      In the 2nd meeting of the committee held on 18th July 2011 in New Delhi,
      members were of the opinion that India as a whole should request for the
      reservation of a suitably-sized block of IPv6 addresses from APNIC. This
      block can be allocated to different organizations by keeping in view the
      long term planning perspective.
      So it was decided that this issue should be taken up with APNIC.  As
      this was a policy related issue, and other economies in the APNIC region
      may also have similar needs, therefore, the proposal was put up to APNIC
      for address block reservation at the economy level for subsequent
      allocation to different organizations within the economies in the APNIC
      2. Summary
      Right now IPv6 addresses are being allocated to individual organizations
      in different economies by APNIC within a certain policy framework, which
      was developed in the IPv4 era. But there are certain concerns with the
      above APNIC policy -
           (a) Contiguous address block allocation is not ensured by APNIC when
               an organization goes back to APNIC for further allocation
               (reapplying after more than one year)
           (b) Non provision of address space for future organizations in
               economies who are not in a position (or not aware) to ask for
               addresses at present.
      APNIC policy does not currently allow address blocks to be allocated at
      the economy level, so through this proposal, we are seeking a change in
      the policy for reservation of adequate IPv6 address space economy wise
      for further allocation to different organizations and stakeholders
      within the economy.
      3. Situation in other RIRs
      No other RIRs presently have a program to assess the needs of individual
      economies in their region and reserve appropriately-sized address
      blocks. However, economies in other RIRs may have similar needs and a
      similar program of assessment may be appropriate.
      4. Details
      In the current policy framework of APNIC, addresses are allocated to
      different organizations in different economies when they are able to
      demonstrate their need for those addresses and they apply for them.
      However, in this process two requirements, mentioned in summary above,
      are not taken into consideration. In the era of IPv4, when the addresses
      were in severe shortage, such a demonstrated need policy was relevant
      but in the  era of IPv6 it is not.
      IPv6 addresses are in abundance and their planning and distribution is
      also at a very nascent stage. The main objective of this proposal is to
      ensure that all economies (and the different present and future
      organizations in those economies) can ensure they will get a suitable
      share of the IPv6 address space, in one or more large contiguous blocks,
      whether they need it now or at a later date. This will also help
      different organizations in different economies to plan their networks in
      a more effective manner as they will have a reasonably fair idea of the
      IPv6 address space allocation in future.
      This proposal can be implemented by APNIC in following manner.
      (A) Analysis and Projection of Requirements
      Each economy in the APNIC region is different in terms of population,
      population growth rate, GDP growth rate, mobile, internet and broadband
      penetration growth rate, social requirements etc. There could be many
      other factors, which could be taken into consideration. These factors
      would help to make an aggregate estimate of the present and future IPv6
      address requirements of all organizations and stakeholders in each
      economy.  The analysis of each economy in the APNIC region could be
      conducted in one of the following ways -
      1. By APNIC, since it has more experience across different economies
          and different RIRs.
      2. Alternatively, a representative body in each economy, which could be
          the government of that economy or a prominent industry association or
          any other recognised body, may be approached by APNIC for estimating
          the needs of that economy. However, in this case APNIC may need to\
          conduct awareness programmes for their education and sufficient time
          is also required for making such estimation.
      3. Any other suitable mechanism deemed fit by APNIC for doing such
          Through these analysis and projection estimates, economy wise IPv6
          address requirement (based on the requirements of different
          organizations and stakeholders) will emerge. This process will
          definitely take some time.
      (B) Reservation of the IPv6 address space for different economies
           (for their organizations and stakeholders) by APNIC
      Based on the above projections and estimates, APNIC may keep one or more
      suitably sized blocks reserved for different economies for ultimate use
      of organizations and stakeholders of those economies. APNIC may also
      keep some large blocks unreserved, i.e. not reserved for any economy in
      the beginning, for any sudden unforeseen requirements in future.
      The allocation of addresses from these reserved blocks to organizations
      and stakeholders in different economies may be done directly by APNIC or
      through an NIR (wherever existing) as it is doing at present. Ultimately
      these addresses will be allocated to individual organizations /
      stakeholders and not to the economy.  As an example, in case of India,
      after some discussions with service providers, internet associations and
      other stakeholders, an estimate of current and future requirements of a
      /16 block, initially, has been suggested. However, the firm requirement
      has to be deliberated based upon a detailed study as suggested above.
      Detailed operational issues for implementing this policy, if approved,
      will have to be deliberated upon separately.
      5. Pros/Cons
      1. The various IPv6 awareness programmes for different economies, the
          various studies for estimation of needs of different economies and
          management of the reserved IPv6 blocks as mentioned above will no
          doubt increase the job of APNIC in the immediate future, but over a
          long period of time, this would prove to be very beneficial for IPv6
          deployment and also make the job of APNIC easier since APNIC would be
          very clear on what future allocations it can make.
      2. The economies and their organizations will also benefit since they
          will have a fair idea of what they will get in future and they can
          plan accordingly for the long term for IPv6 deployment.
      1. There may be short term workload/financial implications for APNIC
          for analysis and projection studies, training and awareness etc.
          These however, should not be a constraint because otherwise also
          APNIC has to work for IPv6 awareness and its deployment in all
          economies in APNIC region.
      6. Effect on APNIC
      1. It would prove to be very beneficial for IPv6 deployment and also
          make the job of APNIC easier since APNIC would be very clear on what
          future allocations it can make.
      2. Address allocation will be more organized and orderly.
      7. Effect on NIRs
      NIRs can allocate IP addresses to individual members in its geographical
      area from the reserved blocks as per the actual projections of
      individual members.