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RIPE NCC Receives /21 from IANA's Recovered Pool

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On 1 March 2018, the RIPE NCC and other Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) were each allocated the equivalent of a /21 of IPv4 address space from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).

 The RIPE NCC received the following IPv4 address ranges:

This returned address space will be added to the RIPE NCC’s free pool and distributed according to the current IPv4 policy. LIRs that have already received their final /22 are not eligible to receive any further allocations from the RIPE NCC.

Following the exhaustion of IANA's free pool of IPv4 addresses in 2011, when the RIRs received their final /8s, a global policy caused IANA to create a recovered pool of leftover and returned IPv4 address blocks. This policy was ratified by all five RIR communities in 2012 and stated that IANA would begin making equal, periodic allocations from the recovered pool when the first RIR reached a /9 of remaining addresses. This point was reached by LACNIC, the RIR for Latin America and the Caribbean on 20 May 2014, triggering the global policy and the first post-exhaustion allocation from IANA.

It is important that network operators continue to deploy IPv6 on their networks to ensure the future growth of the Internet. The RIPE NCC's IPv6 Act Now website has more information about IPv6 deployment.