AFRINIC Transition Moves to Phase 2

With NRO support, and in anticipation of ICANN´s final recognition of the African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) as a Regional Internet Registry (RIR) in April 2005, AFRINIC has begun operating as a fully functional RIR. The three RIRs previously serving the AFRINIC region (APNIC, ARIN, and the RIPE NCC) transferred all RIR services to AFRINIC on 21 February 2005.

Currently all IP and AS number requests from the AFRINIC region are being submitted directly to AFRINIC. They will continue to be jointly reviewed by the RIRs, using a “second opinion” process. This coordination between the AFRINIC and RIR registration staff ensures consistency in the review process.

With the transition, database registrations with postal addresses inside the emerging AFRINIC region are now being documented in the AFRINIC WHOIS database. The list of countries that make up the emerging AFRINIC region can be found at: (a current list of countries in the AFRINIC service region is available)

AFRINIC request forms can be found at:

All policy documents are available on AFRINICs website at:

Information about the NRO and its support of AFRINIC is available at:

Last modified on 27/10/2015