IXP address assignment – FAQs

  1. What is an IXP?
  2. What’s the minimum IPv4 assignment for IXPs?
  3. What’s the minimum IPv6 assignment for IXPs?
  4. I am an IXP – do I have to apply under this special IXP policy
  5. Are there any fees for this?

What is an IXP?

IXPs (Internet Exchange Points) allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to extend their networks by exchanging routing information and traffic with other ISPs via a local exchange rather than needing to exchange local Internet traffic overseas.

ISPs buy a connection to the exchange point and locates a router at the physical location of the LAN that forms the IXP.

For APNIC’s policies, an IXP is defined as:

“An Internet Exchange Point (IX or IXP) is a layer 1 and layer 2 network structure that interconnects three or more Autonomous Systems (AS) for the purpose of Internet traffic interchange.”

What’s the minimum IPv4 assignment for IXPs?

APNIC will assign a minimum of a /24 for the IXP transit LAN. Multiples of /24 can be requested if there are multiple IP sites and you can demonstrate the need.

What’s the minimum IPv6 assignment for IXPs?

APNIC will assign a minimum of a /48 for the IXP transit LAN. Multiples of /48 can be requested if there are multiple IP sites and you can demonstrate the need.

I am an IXP – do I have to apply under this special IXP policy?

No. Depending on your particular situation, you may also qualify to receive address space under other policies such as small multihoming or critical infrastructure.

Check your eligibility for more information.

Are there any fees for this?

Normal APNIC membership fees apply; however IXP assignments are exempt from the sign-up fee.