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Re: Corporations becoming a LIR
- From: leo vegoda
- Date: Mon May 10 08:47:12 2004
On May 7, 2004, at 4:10 pm, Tom Vest wrote:
I agree that those pages are a bit confusing.
I find the information under the individual LIR entries interesting.
For example, I looked under CN (China) and found 14 European LIRs. I
couldn't find any explanation for the "serviced areas" field in the
LIR refbook -- what exactly does it mean? In this particular case, it
could not mean that the entities are providing IR services to Chinese
operators for local production needs. Nor would it be possible for
these entities to provide IR services to non-Chinese operators for
local use, with the (still unlikely I think) exception of the LIRs'
own internal enterprise networks (e.g., Siemens provisioning its own
CN operations). Could they be servicing Chinese network operators
seeking to break into Europe? No such operators exist, except perhaps
the few telcos that are already APNIC members and handle their own
Maybe the "serviced areas" field is simply one of those questions that
means "whatever the applicant thinks it means," i.e., it's technically
meaningless (each respondent would have to independently translate it
into terms that are meaningful to others)? Some clarification here
would be much appreciated!
All the LIRs listed in the page for China are actually based in other
countries. They just happen to offer services there. For instance, I
believe the people at the Holy See indicate that they provide services
(no pun intended) in every country in the world.
The "serviced areas" field is drawn from a list of countries supplied
by the member. They're asked to indicate the country or countries in
which they assign addresses or provide services. However, in most
cases, when LIRs operate outside the RIPE NCC service region they
aren't providing ISP-type services with address space from our region.
They're actually providing other types of products or services.
I don't think any particular meaning can be applied to the data on
these pages. They probably need a bit of an overhaul, really.
Registration Services Manager