In May 2014, APNIC received a /11 of IPv4 address space from IANA following the commencement of the IANA Recovered Pool Policy. Since then, several more (smaller) distributions from IANA to APNIC have occurred under the policy, and the addresses have gone into APNIC’s IPv4 Recovered Pool.
The IPv4 Recovered Pool sits alongside APNIC’s final block of IPv4 (103/8) as a second source of IPv4 addresses. Members can receive a final allocation (up to a /22) from 103/8, and have also been able to receive an allocation from the Recovered Pool (up to a /22) as well.
However, the Recovered Pool has been shrinking fast.
Today, APNIC received the first approved request for addresses from the IPv4 Recovered Pool that we could not process, due to lack of available addresses in the pool, which has triggered the activation of the IPv4 Recovered Pool waiting list.
How does the waiting list work?
Any approved request that APNIC can not fulfil from the Recovered Pool will be automatically added to the waiting list, in order of the date and time it was received by APNIC.
When additional recovered IPv4 address space is added to the Recovered Pool, requests on the waiting list will be fulfilled in order, from the oldest request to the newest.
Members have the option to remove their request from the waiting list at any time, but after 12 months on the list, the request will be removed unless the Member can reconfirm their need justification.
Remember, the waiting list only applies to the IPv4 Recovered Pool; there is no waiting list for 103/8. All usual APNIC policy requirements apply to IPv4 requests from the Recovered Pool.
For more information, visit the IPv4 Recovered Pool waiting list page.
Why wait? Go IPv6!
On the other hand, IPv6 addresses are in plentiful supply and easy to obtain. If your organization doesn’t already have its IPv6 transition plan ready I’d encourage you to start planning now. Visit our IPv6 resources page to get started.
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