Resourcing 2019: by the numbers

By on 19 Feb 2020

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2019 was a busy year with the implementation of four policy proposals, each of which had different challenges and complexities.

IPv4 delegation

prop-127: Change maximum delegation size of 103/8 IPv4 address pool to a /23 reached consensus at APNIC 47 in February. To ensure fairness to those who at that moment had a current IPv4 resource request, the APNIC Executive Council (EC) decided to implement it with immediate effect while waiting for the final endorsement of the proposal.

APNIC Services staff worked closely with the NIRs to ensure all pending IPv4 requests, if approved, had a maximum of a /23 delegation size. Existing requestors were communicated with regarding the newly implemented policy.

Following the policy implementation, there was a slight decline of IPv4 delegations across all sub-regions before recovering in the later part of the year.

Figure 1 — IPv4 delegation by month (2019).

In terms of size, South Asia received the largest IPv4 delegation in 2019, followed by South East Asia, East Asia and Oceania.

Figure 2 — IPv4 delegation by sub-region (2019).

Another IPv4-related policy proposal, prop-129: Abolish Waiting list for unmet IPv4 requests, was implemented in July. After notifying those on the waiting list about the policy change and delegating around 10 x /22s to those at the top of the waiting list in late June, APNIC now has no more non-103/8 space to distribute. The public waiting list was removed shortly afterwards.

ASN delegations

Following its implementation in July, prop-128: Multihoming not required for ASN made it easier for organizations to receive an ASN.

Any organization running an independent network and requiring interconnection with another AS would qualify for an ASN delegation. This new policy, however, made no discernible impact on the rate of ASN requests. The occasional peaks in South Asia, South East Asia, and East Asia were just normal AS block allocations to NIRs in those sub-regions, which they will subsequently distribute in their respective economies.

Figure 3 — ASN delegation by sub-region (2019).

Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, China and Australia were the top five economies that were delegated the most ASNs in 2019.

Figure 4 — ASN delegation by economy (2019).

IPv6 delegation

China received the largest space in 2019, primarily from a few large allocations to research and education networks, as well as cloud application providers.

The top 10 economies receiving IPv6 space in 2019 were, in order, China, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Taiwan, Viet Nam, Japan and Hong Kong.

Figure 5 — IPv6 delegation size by economy (2019).

South East Asia received the largest number and growth of IPv6 delegations, followed by South Asia, East Asia and Oceania.

Figure 6 — IPv6 delegation by month (2019).


IPv4 address transfers continued to grow during 2019, led by the top five receiving economies — China, Japan, Hong Kong, India and Australia — which as it happens, is the same as 2018. A ten-fold growth of transfers in China was caused by a few consolidations of IPv4 holdings from multiple organizations into a single organization. India’s two-fold growth was caused in a similar way.

Figure 7 — Top five IPv4 transfer recipients by economy.


Like 2018, more than 800 new Members joined APNIC, increasing the membership base to more than 7,700. The majority of new Members identified themselves as either an ISP, hosting/data centre, enterprise, financial organization, or telecommunication/mobile operator. Of these, the ISPs have the highest growth rate.

Figure 8 — New APNIC Members (by industry).


While policy proposal prop-125: Validation of “abuse-mailbox” and other IRT emails was endorsed in 2018, its implementation was only completed in 2019 as it required some significant system development. Its deployment also increased the workload of APNIC staff, who are required to follow-up resource holders who failed the IRT validation process and are penalized by losing their access to MyAPNIC.

APNIC implemented temporary measures to avoid operational issues to Members as a result of implementing this policy, and these will be reported at the APNIC 49 SIG Policy meeting in Melbourne, for further policy implementation guidance by the APNIC community.

APNIC Services workload in 2019

  • 1,472 IPv6 delegations
  • 2,027 IPv4 delegations
  • 1,560 ASN assignments
  • 675 IPv4 market transfers
  • 521 Merger & Acquisition IPv4 transfers
  • 21,958 helpdesk tickets handled
  • 2,623 voice calls
  • 3,401 online chat sessions
  • 9,400+ Member invoices and receipts processed
  • 732 instant feedback received and processed
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