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2016 Addressing Report

Geoff Huston recently released his annual addressing report looking back at 2016.  Within his report a few things jumped out at me.

  • Transfers (almost 4,000 transfers constituting more that 32 million IPv4 addresses) continue to grow and mostly are old legacy address blocks which are now being put into reuse.
  • The ARIN region, despite its restrictive “need-based” policies on IPv4 transfers continues to lead in transfers with more than 15 million addresses in 2016.
  • Transfers are creating some level of deaggregation, this was largely expected as current IPv4 address holders break up larger blocks to sell either for a higher per unit price, or to match the size needed to buyers.
  • The number of IPv6 addresses being distributed to organizations continues to increase with more than 50,000 /32s being distributed in 2016.

Addressing 2016 (copy)

BGP 2016 (copy)

USG announces it will let IANA contract expire

The US government, via the NTIA, issued an update that it intends to let the IANA contract expire at the end of September, which allows the IANA transition process to complete.

Update on the IANA Transition (copy)

Obama Administration to Privatize Internet Governance on Oct. 1

In the case of IP numbers, this will allow the new contract (SLA) between the RIRs and ICANN to be effective, such that ICANN will now manage the IANA number resource functions for the RIRs under contract from the RIRs rather than the USG.

There are of course those who still opine about the risks associated with this transition, but my personal opinion is that if the Internet is to continue to be open and inclusive, it has to not have a single string tied to the US government.  That might not appease everyone who is a strong supporter of the US and USG, but if that single string remains, it only seeks to bifurcate the Internet into national nets for those countries which disagree in some manner with the US.

RIRs sign new service level agreement with ICANN

On June 29th, 2016, the RIRs collectively signed the service level agreement (SLA) that has been negotiated with ICANN for the IANA services.  This SLA or contract was negotiated as part of the number community’s portion of the IANA transition away from a US government contact with ICANN.

The IETF defines the Internet protocols and parameters, and in doing so delegates a portion of the number resources (IPv4, IPV6 & ASNs) used in those protocols to the RIRs for management.

The final step in the transition, from the numbering community’s perspective,  is for the US government to allow the contact for the IANA services with ICANN to expire, sometime before Oct 1, 2017.  Once the transition is completed, the RIRs will have a contract as a group with ICANN to provide the top-level coordination of the IPv4, IPv6, and ASN IP number resources.

ICANN and Regional Internet Registries Sign SLA for the IANA Numbering Services


IPv6 usage continues to grow

The past week had a number of organizations marking the 4 year anniversary of IPv6 launch day.  A number of articles highlighted the increasing density of IPv6 deployments.  Comcast also had a presentation at the recent RIPE meeting in Copenhagen where they highlighted some of their IPv6 statistics.

A few notable statistics from my perspective: