I work as the Network Architect for a multinational
corporation, Ball Corporation (http://www.ball.com).
Currently, we hold a Class B network, 126.96.36.199/16 and have
been multi-homed in the past, and will be multi-homed in the future, and have
our own AS. The network is very large, as we’ve used this addressing
internally for our facilities in North America and Canada. We’ve allocated over
We now have a European division, Ball-Europe (http://www.ball-europe.com). They have
RFC 1918 addressing internally, and have the usual problems with NAT and
I’m starting the process of filling out an application
to register the company, based in Ratingen, DE with RIPE as a Local Internet
Registry (LIR) so that we can request a /18 (or /17 if we can get one) for the
40 some production facilities of Ball-Europe, each of which will come across a
VPN network and be presented in one block to the ISP uplinks.
I was wondering, basically, if I have any chance at this?
While RIPE clearly states the admission policy is open to any organization, in
order to get PIR (Provider Independent routing) being a RIPE NCC is required,
and I don’t know if a corporation would have a shot. Currently, we are
not an ARIN member, but hold the Class B.
The corporation exists in 6 EU nations, and I can
demonstrate the requirement for >2048 individual IP addresses.
I realize this the NORTH AMERICAN Network operator group,
and most of you deal with ARIN, but I thought some members might have
experience in this area as well.
Thanks in advance.