_______________________________________________________________________ Stage 2 of IPv4 Exhaustion Plan _______________________________________________________________________ Dear Colleagues In 2010, the APNIC Secretariat formulated a three-stage IPv4 exhaustion management plan to ensure orderly distribution of the remaining IPv4 address space. Stage 2 of this plan was triggered by IANA's distribution of the final five /8 IPv4 blocks to the RIRs on 3 February 2011, in accordance with the agreed "Global Policy for the Allocation of the Remaining IPv4 Address Space". This stage ends when APNIC reaches its last /8 of available IPv4 space. http://www.apnic.net/ipv4-exhaustion As part of the Stage 2 management plan, effective today, APNIC implemented operational mechanisms which ensure that incoming and approved requests continue to be dealt with in a predictable way. These mechanisms include: - Response to IPv4 requests and correspondence is now set to exactly five (5) business days. - Serialization of IPv4 requests: Hostmasters will process requests sequentially, in the order they are received. Requests will be queued and processed on a "first come, first served" basis. The exact standard response times ensure that this queue sequence is preserved. - Team evaluation of requests: Requests are now evaluated by the entire Hostmaster team. Existing escalation procedures for large requests remain in place. To avoid processing delays, we encourage you to provide APNIC Hostmasters with well-documented requests that properly satisfy policy requirements. To assist you with any questions you may have, please visit the FAQs for more information. http://www.apnic.net/ipv4-stage2-faq For any further enquiries, please contact the APNIC Helpdesk at: helpdesk at apnic dot net Kind regards ______________________________________________________________________ APNIC Helpdesk helpdesk at apnic dot net Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) Tel: +61 7 3858 3188 PO Box 3646 South Brisbane, QLD 4101 Australia Fax: +61 7 3858 3199 6 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, QLD http://www.apnic.net _______________________________________________________________________ * Sent by email to save paper. Print only if necessary.