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Mergers-Acquisitions-Takeovers-Closures of LIR/End-User


3.0 Closing an member organisation/LIR.

In the case of a closure, AFRINIC should be contacted at least 1 month prior to the required closure date. Only registered member contact person(s) can discuss a closure of an organization with AFRINIC. In case of bankruptcy, the court-appointed administrator may take over these responsibilities.

To cease operations, a member is required to take the following four steps:

a. Send AFRINIC a written request to officially close the membership. State the reasons for closure and the intention to return the unassigned address space.

b. Provide AFRINIC with documentation of all IP assignments made from address space allocated by AFRINIC.

c. Provide a list of any End Users that have expressed a need to keep their assigned IP address space. Contact information such as e-mail addresses of these End Users should be included. (See section 3.7)

d. Verify that the contents of the AFRINIC Database are up-to-date. A closing member is responsible for removing any objects entered by them in the AFRINIC Database that are no longer valid. Please send a confirmation to AFRINIC that all obsolete and invalid objects have been removed, or if any other help is required (See section 3.8)

3.1 Further Assignments

 A closing member is not allowed to make any further assignments from its address space allocations.


3.2 Finance

A member will continue to be billed for services until a formal request to be closed is sent by a registered contact person along with all paperwork until AFRINIC approves the merger.


3.3 Transfers of Address Allocations from a Closing LIR

If a member wishes to transfer IP address allocations to another existing member organization, they must provide documentation about all assignments to the member receiving the transferred allocation. As outlined above, all transfers require approval by AFRINIC and all database objects must be valid and up-to-date.


3.4 End Users Keeping Address Assignments

A closing LIR should always encourage its End Users to renumber into an address allocation held by another LIR. This way, customer assignments can then be routed as part of the other LIR's allocation.


3.5 Continued Internet Connectivity to End Users

The End Users cannot continue to use the address space already assigned to them by the closing LIR. Assignments made by an LIR that has been closed are invalid as the full allocation would have to be returned to the unused number resource pool.


3.6 Database Responsibilities

Members are responsible for the accuracy of the data they enter into the AFRINIC Database. In the case of a closure , the member should remove any objects in the AFRINIC Database that are no longer valid. This includes inetnum and domain objects with obsolete information. In case where End Users of an LIR keep the address space assigned to them after the LIR closes, the LIR maintainer in the database objects representing these assignments needs to be removed and replaced by the AFRINIC maintainer. The LIR should provide AFRINIC with a list of relevant database objects agreeing to AFRINIC overwriting the current LIR's maintainer.


3.7 Unassigned Address Space

Unassigned address space will be returned to AFRINIC and will revert back to the public pool of IP address space. It can be assigned or allocated by AFRINIC as necessary. Should the member decide to close and reopen at a later date, all formal steps required to become an AFRINIC member must be re-done. All reclaimed addresses are quarantined for a period of 2 years before they can be allocated to another entity.


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