prop-143: ASN to Customer

Proposal text prop-143-v002
Objective Section 12.4 of APNIC’s Internet Number Resource Policies allows an LIR to request an ASN from APNIC/NIR for its customers. However, the policy is not clear on the terms of this request. This proposal suggests recognizing a new use case for ASN transfers received through LIR requests and include the suggested additional terms in the policy document.
   
Current status Endorsed by APNIC EC
   
Authors Jordi Palet Martínez
Anupam Agrawal
   
Relevant forum Policy SIG
   
Previous versions prop-143-v001
   
Status at other RIRs Other RIRs don’t have explicit rules or restrictions on those cases, at least not clearly stated in policies, but the transfer of ASN is much simpler, so it fulfills what this proposal is trying to achieve.
   
Secretariat impact assessment

prop-143-v001:

APNIC understands this proposal is suggesting additional terms under Section 12.4, Providing ASN to customer, to bring the policy in line with the current practice (operational concerns), as recommended in the Secretariat’s policy document review report.

Secretariat observations – new trends:

Many non-ISP type (Data centres, Hosting providers, etc.) members are requesting multiple customer ASNs from APNIC. This trend could be to get free ASNs from APNIC as a value-added service and lease it to customers for a nominal fee.

Recommendations:

    1. The proposal uses the term “ASN User” instead of the term “customer” in the current policy document. To avoid confusion and to be consistent, we recommend using the term “customer” in the proposal.
    2. The changes proposed to Section 13.0, and the new added Section 13.4 are not required if the additional terms language in Section 12.4 is clearly clarified (worded). Secretariat recommends the following change:
5. Alternatively, the same ASN could be registered:
- via transfer to another APNIC member (upstream provider connecting that customer), or
- directly by the customer in cases when they become an APNIC/NIR member and receives that ASN via transfer.

Implementation:

This proposal would not require any changes to the systems. If this proposal reaches consensus, implementation can be completed within 3 months.

prop-143-v002:

APNIC understands this proposal is suggesting additional terms under Section 12.4, Providing ASN to customer, to bring the policy in line with the current practice (operational concerns), as recommended in the Secretariat’s policy document review report.

Secretariat observations – new trends:

Many non-ISP type (Data centres, Hosting providers, etc.) members are requesting multiple customer ASNs from APNIC. This trend could be to get free ASNs from APNIC as a value-added service and lease it to customers for a nominal fee.

Implementation:

This proposal would not require any changes to the systems. If this proposal reaches consensus, implementation can be completed within 3 months.

   
Proposal history
02 February 2022 Version 1 posted to the Policy SIG mailing list for discussion and community development.
21 February 2022 Version 2 posted to the Policy SIG mailing list for discussion and community development.
02 March 2022 Reached consensus at APNIC 53.
04 March 2022 Open call for final comments.
04 April 2022 End of final comment period.
11 April 2022 Endorsed by APNIC EC