The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers has given provisional recognition to the African Network Information Center, AfriNIC Ltd, bringing the Mauritius-based organization one step close to being a full-fledged regional Internet registry.
In a letter to AfriNIC last week, the Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) president Paul Twomey wrote: AfriNIC has indicated that the transition plan will be completed in 2005, and ICANN staff believe that a subsequent final application would be appropriate at that time.
A regional Internet registry (RIR) is the body that allocates IP addresses to ISPs and large enterprises. Currently, African networks are served by RIPE, the Europe-based RIR. RIRs get their IP address allocations from IANA, a function of ICANN.