AfriNIC Moves Forward and Promotes Regional Integration

Oct 18, 2004, 01:00 ET from ICANN

    MARINA DEL RAY, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The African Network
 Information Center (AfriNIC) has taken another step towards formal recognition
 as an official Regional Internet number Registry (RIR) with the Internet
 Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board announcing its
 provisional recognition, the last stage before full recognition.  AfriNIC has
 begun managing Internet number resources for the Africa region, including IPv4
 and IPv6 addresses.
     AfriNIC CEO Adiel Akplogan was pleased with the progress thus far and the
 positive response from the Africa region.  "AfriNIC is building a regional
 registry to meet Africa's regional needs. We are bringing regional management
 to our IP address distribution, and that puts the Africa region on par with
 the other global regions of Europe, Asia/Pacific, North America and Latin
 America."  As part of the transition to local control of these Internet
 resources, AfriNIC has received expressions of support from more than 40 local
 Internet Service Providers representing 14 countries.
     "The establishment of AfriNIC confirms the enormous growth of Internet
 activities in the Africa region," said Paul Twomey, President and CEO of
 ICANN.  "We welcome AfriNIC's progression into the global ICANN community and
 count on its members to add their unique perspective to ICANN's policy
 process.  This historic event ensures that the Africa region is moving to
 participate on an equal footing with all other regions."
     The existing Regional Internet Registries, APNIC, ARIN, RIPE NCC and
 LACNIC, have supported AfriNIC strongly, according to Paul Wilson, Chair of
 the Number Resource Organisation (the coalition of RIRs): "The RIRs and our
 communities are extremely pleased to hear of the provisional recognition of
 AfriNIC by ICANN.  We have worked for several years now to help make AfriNIC a
 success, through financial contributions, training, information sharing and
 inclusion in RIR activities.  We commend AfriNIC staff and board for their
 efforts, and look forward to welcoming AfriNIC as a full member of the RIR
     Reflecting the value of cooperative regional integration, AfriNIC has
 centres of Technical and Administrative Operations in four African countries:
 Mauritious, Ghana, South Africa, and Egypt.  Sharing the work and technical
 responsibilities across the four centres increases AfriNIC's ongoing stability
 and quick responsiveness to its members.
     The regional model of Internet address allocation works well in balancing
 the need to provide resources to new and growing Internet communities, and to
 manage the resources so they will be available for future users.  IP addresses
 are a resource that is shared based on need, not demand, and that allows
 newcomers to have access in the same way as more established users.  AfriNIC
 members will determine regional policy for the distribution of IP addresses to
 their region's Internet providers and AfriNIC has already adopted some rules
 that are specific to the Africa region to address the unique needs of Africa's
 Internet communities.
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