[ppml] RIR Shopping, Table Growth x5?

Leo Bicknell bicknell at ufp.org
Sat Jun 23 13:14:26 EDT 2007

The recent flair up on AfriNIC reminded me of an issue I thought
was worth discussion several weeks ago.

One of the things we're trying to do when crafting IPv6 policy is
look into the crystal ball to see what we think the future holds.
I, and others, look for a fairly optimistic future where most
entities get enough address space that we approach 1 prefix per

If you're a global company though, it would seem the current policies
in all of the regions lead us down a path to 5 prefixes per ASN.
That is, each company would get a prefix from each RIR.

The question is, with IPv6 is this a good thing?  That's a very
loaded question of course, and the answer may depend a bit on the
structure of the company (single global ASN, multiple ASN's, single
corporate structure, multiple affiliates) and has implications on
mergers and divestitures down the road.

Should RIR's consider in more detail what has been allocated by other
RIR's?  Is IPv6 different from IPv4 in that respect?

       Leo Bicknell - bicknell at ufp.org - CCIE 3440
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