RIPE NCC Allocating from Last /8 Block
The RIPE NCC, the RIR for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia has begun distributing from their last /8 block.
On 14 September 2012, the RIPE NCC, the RIR for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia began distributing from their last /8 block according to section 5.6 of "IPv4 Address Allocation and Assignment Policies for the RIPE NCC Service Region".
There are now two regions in the world distributing small portions of IPv4 address space according to community agreed policy. APNIC reached its last /8 on 15 April 2011 and since then has only delegated 9% of that block. This means that 91% is still available, and new entrants will be able to acquire IPv4 address space for quite some time.
Section 5.6 of the RIPE NCC policy allows an LIR a /22 allocation of addresses only if they have received an IPv6 allocation from the RIPE NCC or an upstream LIR. No new IPv4 Provider Independent (PI) space will be assigned.
With two regions now delegating from the last /8 block, the urgency for IPv6 deployment is now more important than ever as IPv6 is the only long-term solution for the continued growth and stability of the Internet.See more information on APNIC's IPv6 deployment support.