Special Report — Dateline Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I spent the last two weeks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia teaching at and attending the APRICOT (Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies) conference and the APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Center) meeting.
As many of you know, APNIC is one of five regional internet registries responsible for the distribution of IP number resources (IPv4 addresses, IPv6 addresses, and Autonomous System numbers). APNIC covers the Asia-Pacific Region. The others are ARIN (US, Canada, part of the Caribbean), LACNIC (Mexico, Central/South America, RIPE/NCC (Europe), and AfriNIC (Africa). Some of these RIRs support subordinate national internet registries, primarily to facilitate national language and sensitivity to more localized issues. However, each NIR is structured to comply with the RIR policies and to issue address space from the common pool at their parent RIR. There is no difference to the internet whether you get address space from your local NIR, or, get it from the RIR directly.