[ppml] Policy Proposal 2003-15: IPv4 Allocation Policy for the Africa Portion of the ARIN Region

Randy Bush randy at psg.com
Thu Sep 25 21:14:54 EDT 2003

> Hi, as the network administrator of a medium to large ISP within
> South Africa I have experience these difficulties with
> multi-homing.  Although you are correct that it is not impossible
> to multi-home without being in the posession of a portable block
> when you have 1/2/3 allocations of /24 blocks, doing so when you
> have maybe 5 or 6 /26 and /25 allocations is effectively
> impossible. This is largely because most larger ISP's (even in
> South Africa) will ignore any advertisements smaller than /24.

but we've all been through that for well over a decade.  we've all
been trough it and we decided that the trade-off of pain IF an isp
actually grows, and note the big 'if', is one we'll accept in the
face of routing table fragmentation and growth.

imiho, the simple and really only argument for this proposal is
that, in general, the scale of networking in africa is smaller, and
hence a longer minimum allocation prefix than in the states,
europe, and even alyc, is appropriate.


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