Paul Wilson APNIC ============== Proposal: IPv6 allocations to organisations with existing IPv4 infrastructure Version 1.0 Background The current IPv6 policy allows existing IPv4 infrastructure to be considered in requests for IPv6 address space. This is described in section 4.4 "Consideration of IPv4 Infrastructure", which states: "Where an existing IPv4 service provider requests IPv6 space for eventual transition of existing services to IPv6, the number of present IPv4 customers may be used to justify a larger request than would be justified if based solely on the IPv6 infrastructure." This policy indicates an intention to consider an existing IPv4 network in order to justify larger allocations, however it does not sufficiently describe how that infrastructure and customer base should be taken into account in making an IPv6 allocation. This policy proposal aims to address this problem by clarifying the relevant policy and procedures. Proposal The IPv6 policy and allocation procedures should be updated to explicitly document the consideration given to an existing infrastructure and customer base. Section 4.4 of the policy should be replaced with the following: "Where an existing IPv4 service provider requests IPv6 space for provision of existing services via IPv6, the existing IPv4 infrastructure and customer base will be evaluated, and an IPv6 allocation will be made which is sufficient to allow the network to be addressed using IPv6. Section 5.1.2 should be replaced with the following: "Organizations that meet the initial allocation criteria are eligible to receive a minimum allocation of /32. "Qualifying organizations may request an initial allocation greater than /32 by submitting additional documentation that reasonably justifies the request. This may include comprehensive documentation of the planned infrastructure; or, in accordance with section 4.4, a description of an existing IPv4 network which is to receive IPv6 addresses. In either case, an allocation will be made which fulfills the calculated address requirement, in accordance with the HD-Ratio based utilisation policy." In evaluating a request under this "existing IPv4 network" provision, standard hostmaster request processes will be used to determine the total IPv6 addressing requirement of the existing infrastructure and customer base. Information may be obtained from previous requests and/or database registrations, and additional exchanges as required. The request and evaluation should apply only to IPv4 infrastructure and customers which are intended to receive IPv6 addresses. It is not necessary that the organisation commit to a complete transition to IPv6 at any time, only that the IPv6 addresses will be used, and that use of the address space will commence within 2 years. NIR Considerations This policy should be applicable equally to all NIRs in the APNIC region. Implementation This policy should become effective in the APNIC region after approval through the APNIC policy process, and reasonable coordination efforts involving other RIR regions.