Obtaining resources – FAQs

  1. What should my organization know before applying for its first allocation?
  2. How do I request IP addresses/AS Numbers from APNIC?
  3. Does APNIC have a minimum allocation?
  4. What if I need more than a /21 prefix of IPv4?
  5. Can I buy IP addresses?
  6. Can I obtain a Class C address block?
  7. Will APNIC protect the confidential information I send in with my request?
  8. How long does it take to get IP addresses from APNIC?
  9. Why does APNIC require so much detailed information about my network?
  10. Do I need an AS Number?

What should my organization know before applying for its first allocation?

APNIC has now established criteria for initial portable allocations of IPv4 address space. See section 6.2.1. of the APNIC Internet Number Resource Policies for more information.

How do I request IP addresses/AS Numbers from APNIC?

To request resources from APNIC, you will need to complete the online form. Click here, to start your application.

Does APNIC have a minimum allocation?

Yes. APNIC’s minimum IPv4 allocation is a /24 of IPv4 (256) addresses.

All new and existing APNIC Members who meet the current policy criteria may receive a minimum of a /24 up to a maximum total of a /21 (2,048) of IPv4 addresses.

What if I need more than a /21 prefix of IPv4?

The IPv4 transfer policy allows transfers of IPv4 addresses.

Transfers can occur between:

  • APNIC account holders
  • APNIC account holders and NIRs
  • APNIC account holders and RIRs with compatible transfer policies

See Section 8 of the APNIC Internet Number Resources Policy

APNIC provides a listing service for source accounts (those with IPv4 addresses to transfer) to contact recipient accounts (those who require the IPv4 addresses) via APNIC.

A public APNIC Transfers mailing list is available for the community to discuss topics relevant to IPv4 transfers.

Account holders can get their request for more IPv4 address space pre-approved or evaluated by APNIC, before a source of transfer is located.

Can I buy IP addresses?

IP addresses are not for sale, instead, they are public resources administered by the Internet Numbers Registry System for the entire Internet community. IP addresses delegated by the Regional registries, such as APNIC are not "owned" by the Members. IP addresses will be reclaimed by APNIC when the Membership is terminated.

Can I obtain a Class C address block?

IPv4 address ranges are no longer referred to in terms of classes (class A, class B, class C). Classless Inter Domain Routing (CIDR) made classful addressing methods, which waste address space, redundant. In CIDR, address ranges are referred to by their prefix (or subnet mask) length. For example, APNIC's minimum allocation, /24 ("slash 24"), refers to 256 addresses or the equivalent of 1 former class C block.

The use of CIDR is a fundamental requirement for eligibility to receive IP addresses.

Will APNIC protect the confidential information I send in with my request?

APNIC understands the commercial importance of the information that supports requests and the overriding need to protect its Members’ rights to confidentiality. To this end, APNIC requires that its staff members and contractors sign non-disclosure agreements and are fully informed of their duty of confidentiality.

From time to time, APNIC may be required to provide details of resource requests and allocation records to other RIRs for the purposes of seeking evaluation advice, or to other Internet administrative authorities such as IANA or ICANN for compliance reasons; however, providing this information shall always be subject to the RIR or authority ensuring the confidentiality of the information.

How long does it take to get IP addresses from APNIC?

APNIC has up to two working days to respond to your request. When your request is approved, you will also need to pay applicable fees before the IP addresses can be delegated.

APNIC evaluates your application according to the policy criteria. If your request does not have sufficient information, APNIC will ask you to provide additional information. Each of this iteration will take up to two working days.

We suggest that you allow at least two weeks. If you chose a payment method that might take a few more days (for example, wire transfers), you may need to allow more time.

Why does APNIC require so much detailed information about my network?

APNIC must ensure that address space, which is a shared public resource, is managed responsibly in the region. APNIC needs detailed information so that it can properly evaluate whether your plans conform to agreed addressing policy and are consistent with the goals of global Internet management.

Do I need an AS Number?

APNIC can only assign AS Numbers to multihomed organizations that have a unique routing policy distinct from their peers (this includes those directly connected to a public Internet Exchange Point (IXP)). If your organization is not in this category, then you do not need an AS Number.

See the Autonomous System number – FAQs for more information.