Regional Internet Registry
As a Regional Internet Registry, we allocate and register blocks of Internet number resources to Internet service providers (ISPs) and other organisations in our geographical service region. These Internet number resources are mainly in the form of IPv4 and IPv6 address space and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs).
In order to be allocated a block of Internet number resources, an organisation must become a member of the RIPE NCC. We allocate the resources to the LIR, and the resources are then assigned to downstream destinations.
We maintain a registry of all allocated Internet number resources in our service region, the details of which can be found in the RIPE Database. This helps to maintain a well-organised and efficient Internet, and also helps safeguard the number resources in use.
We are one of five RIRs that collectively serve the global Internet community. All RIRs are allocated blocks of Internet resources by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). We then break these blocks down into smaller blocks and allocate them to our members, upon request.
Members of the RIPE NCC can manage their Internet number resource allocations via the LIR Portal.