The RIPE NCC maintains and publishes registry data for resources held by members and legacy Internet resource holders in our service region. The RIPE NCC also provides reverse DNS delegation and a routing registry for IP addresses and AS Numbers, both of which include legacy Internet resources.
In 2014, the RIPE community accepted the policy “RIPE NCC Services to Legacy Internet Resource Holders”.
The matrix below presents the services that are available to legacy Internet resource holders depending on their choice of relationship with the RIPE NCC. These services are subject to change based on RIPE Policies.
Relationship with the RIPE NCC
|Engage via a sponsoring LIR
|No formal relationship
|Maintenance of data relating to Internet resources
|Access to this data for updates by or on behalf of the respective holder
|Public availability of registration data
|Delegation of reverse DNS to the registered DNS servers
|Due diligence service and recognition of legacy Internet resource holder as the legitimate holder
|Resource Certification (RPKI)
|Request Internet number resources(IPv6, IPv4, ASNs) directly
|Convert resources from LEGACY to ALLOCATED PA or ASSIGNED PI
|LIR Portal account
|Training courses and webinars
|RIPE Atlas special features
|RIPEstat special features
|Attend and vote at the General Meeting
|Free tickets to a RIPE Meeting
For more information about fees, please visit the billing procedure page.
Are you already a member of the RIPE NCC and want to register under your LIR legacy resources that you are either the original holder of, or that have been transferred to your organisation in the past?
Note: There are no additional costs involved when moving legacy Internet resources under your LIR.
Are you interested in becoming a member of the RIPE NCC in order to register and manage your legacy Internet resources?
Note: In this case you will get access to all member-only services of the RIPE NCC and will be able to request Internet number resources (IPv4, IPv6, AS Numbers) directly, at no additional cost.
If you are not a RIPE NCC member, or if you are a member but do not wish to extend the membership contract to cover your legacy Internet resources, you may choose to enter into a contract with a RIPE NCC member who is willing to act as a sponsoring LIR for the purpose of registering your legacy Internet resources.
In the case that no formal relationship has been established in support of a particular legacy Internet resource, the RIPE NCC will continue to provide any registry service already provided in support of each legacy Internet resource involved. The RIPE NCC will have no obligation to start providing any registry services not already provided in support of a particular legacy Internet resource, even in the case that the service element is provided in support of any other legacy Internet resource held by the same or another resource holder.
Note: Legacy Internet resource holders are encouraged to maintain their records in the RIPE Database. Keeping registration data current helps network operators make better operational decisions and prevents resources from being hijacked.
Are you a legacy Internet resource holder who wants to update the RIPE Registry in order to reflect reality?
Before the establishment of the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) system, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) was the primary authority to allocate and assign Internet number resources. It delegated this responsibility to various organisations like SRI-NIC and InterNIC.
When an RIR was established, the IANA transferred the responsibility of resource management to the respective RIR in the region.
The RIPE NCC was the first RIR, founded in 1992. APNIC was formed in 1993, followed by ARIN in 1997, LACNIC in 1999 and AFRINIC in 2004.
When ARIN was formed in 1997, it inherited the InterNIC database of IP allocations.
In 2002, the RIRs came together to transfer all of the "legacy" address space to the RIR appropriate to the region where the resource holder resided. This was called the Early Registration Transfer (ERX) project.
Legacy Internet resources, as defined in this policy, are any Internet resources obtained prior to (or otherwise outside of) the current system of hierarchical distribution (by allocation or assignment) through the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).
This definition also refers to resources that have been distributed by IANA or InterNIC (or according to the appropriate manner at the time of distribution). This includes legacy Internet resources that have been transferred to the RIPE Registry since 1992.
This definition does not include:
This policy defines the holder of legacy Internet resources as one who has received these resources either directly or from another legacy Internet resource holder. This definition does not include holders of resources that are outside the definition of legacy Internet resources.
The RIPE NCC is entitled to perform due diligence checks in order to enter into a contractual relationship with someone who declares to be a legacy Internet resource holder. These due diligence checks will consist of:
If a party declaring to be a legacy Internet resource holder is unable to comply with these due diligence checks by providing satisfactory documentation as required, the RIPE NCC will not accept a contractual relationship as described in this policy and may refuse to update the corresponding records in the RIPE Registry.
If you have any questions in the meantime, you can always contact us at [email protected].