Published on:Wednesday,21 May 2014
LACNIC's announcement that its inventory of IPv4 addresses has reached less than a /9 (or 8,388,608 addresses) today triggered the activation of IANA's Recovered Pool of addresses. This means IANA will make a distribution to each RIR, including APNIC, every six months until the pool is exhausted. APNIC has received a /11 of IPv4 address space (2,097,152 addresses) from IANA under the Recovered Pool Policy.
APNIC will implement procedures for distribution of space from this new allocation of addresses. APNIC Members will be eligible to receive up to a /22 from this pool, in addition to the /22 that they can receive under the "last /8" rationing policy. This gives new or existing APNIC Members up to 2,048 IPv4 addresses from these address blocks, while the space is available.
APNIC's Director General, Paul Wilson, said reaching this important milestone had two major implications for organizations in the Asia Pacific.
"Firstly, APNIC's receipt of the /11 from IANA will mean that organizations in our region can get a few more addresses, which they sorely need in many cases. Also, newcomers to the Internet will be able to receive these small allocations for some years to come, which is really critical for healthy Internet competition and growth into the future," Wilson said.
"The second, and more important message this milestone highlights, is that the journey towards exhaustion of IPv4 address space globally is continuing as expected, and the need for organizations to deploy IPv6 is increasingly urgent," he said.
"I again urge the Asia Pacific Internet community to turn its investments toward the transition to IPv6. If you depend on the Internet, then you will depend on IPv6 as a critical part of your business. Now is the time to be asking those who provide you with Internet services and expertise - whether they are ISPs, vendors, data centres, developers, staff, or consultants - how they will support IPv6 services for you in future."
"The good news is that costs can be minimized by planning ahead - for instance, by ensuring IPv6 capabilities are gained within the normal hardware and software upgrade cycles."
APNIC will advise the community when applications for the new IPv4 addresses can be submitted. APNIC account holders who wish to apply for IPv4 addresses from the Recovered IPv4 Pool allocation will be able to do so via MyAPNIC using the standard application process.
All policies for management of IP address space in the Asia Pacific region are determined by the Internet community through an open, consensus-based policy development process that is hosted by APNIC. The policy for allocation of Recovered IPv4 Pool addresses was approved during the 36th APNIC Conference, held in Xi'an, China, in August 2013.
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