Ladies and Gentlemen, history in the making…

Today AfriNIC got the 105/8 block allocated from IANA. This is surprisingly early, I was expecting AfriNIC to request more space in April of next year. This is moving the IANA depletion date much earlier (February of next year instead of April).

ARIN will soon get two blocks from IANA too. I asked John Curran about it at the recent Gogo6live Ipv6 conference and he vaguely admitted that ARIN will request space soon. It wouldn’t surprise me if that would be this week.

This leaves us with 4 x /8 left. Most likely, two for APNIC and two for RIPE. APNIC has around 4 x /8 in its pool which should be sufficient for them until early February of next week. By that time they will only have around 2 x /8 left and they will refill with another 2 x /8. RIPE currently have 2.88 x /8 in their pool. RIPE is currently allocating in a quite slow pace and the 0.88 x /8 will most likely last until late February of next year. They will then have 2 x /8 in the pool and will be able to justify another allocation of 2 x /8. After that there will be no more IPv4 addresses in the central pool.

It is really time to start implementing IPv6…