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AfriNIC, Africa's own Regional Internet number Registry (RIR) has just received its first allocation of numbering resources, including IP addresses and Autonomous System Numbers for the Africa region.
The full recognition of AfriNIC by ICANN's Board of Directors at its recent meeting in Argentina represents the culmination of efforts by the African and global Internet community over several years to bring local management of Internet numbering resources to the Africa region.
AfriNIC is a successful cooperative effort developed by the African Internet community. AfriNIC will join the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) and Ripe Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC), as the fifth RIR within the global Internet community.
ICANN, through its performance of the IANA function, allocates blocks of number resources to the five RIRs, who in turn distribute them to local ISPs and networking companies. These numbers allow networks to communicate effectively with each other and route Internet traffic across the globe.
To view the IANA Report on Recognition of AfriNIC please see: http://www.iana.org/reports/afrinic-report-08apr05.htm.
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AfriNIC is a non-government, not-for-profit, membership based organisation, based in Mauritius to serve the African Internet community. AfriNIC is the Regional Registry for Internet Number Resources for Africa. Membership is open to anybody. Its policy development process is open to anybody without any specific requirements.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an internationally organised, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. As a private-public partnership, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation of global Internet