6000th LIR Joins RIPE NCC
25 November 2008 - On 17 November 2008, the RIPE NCC was joined by its 6,000th member, marking another milestone in the history of the Amsterdam based, not-for-profit organisation. As the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia, the RIPE NCC provides its members with Internet number resources, such as IPv4 and IPv6 address space and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs).
"This is a significant moment in our membership history," said Paul Rendek, Head of External Relations and Communications, RIPE NCC. "The RIPE NCC has been providing its members with stable and secure service for more than 15 years. I would like to welcome our 6,000th member and thank the other 5,999 for their continued support."
The RIPE NCC's membership total has grown steadily since 1998, when it passed one thousand, rising to over three thousand by 2001, passing four thousand in 2005 and five thousand in June 2007. The RIPE NCC currently supports members in 75 countries in its service region and has been providing Internet number resources to its members since 1992. The RIPE NCC also provides technical coordination of the Internet and Information Services for the Internet community as well as administrative support for Réseaux IP Européens (RIPE), a collaborative forum open to all parties with an interest in wide area IP networks and the technical development of the Internet.
About the RIPE NCC:
The RIPE NCC is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the infrastructure of the Internet through technical coordination in its service region. The most prominent activity of the RIPE NCC is to act as the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) providing Internet number resources (IPv4, IPv6 and Autonomous System (ASN) Numbers) and related services to members in its service region. The membership consists of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecommunication organisations, large corporations, academic institutions, governments and regulators located in Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia.