Regional Internet Registry
A Regional Internet Registry (RIR ) is a regionally entrusted with the administration and allocation of Internet resources organization. The responsibility includes the management of IP addresses (IPv4 and IPv6 ) and AS numbers.
Currently there are five active regional registries worldwide:
- Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre ( RIPE NCC)
- American Registry for Internet Numbers ( ARIN )
- Asia- Pacific Network Information Centre ( APNIC )
- Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry ( LACNIC )
- African Network Information Centre ( AfriNIC )
Each of these regional registrars gets assigned by the IANA IP address ranges. From these blocks are removed and assigned to Local Internet Registries (LIR ), which in turn serve the end customer. LIRs are generally ISPs.
By signing a mutual agreement in 2003, the Number Resource Organization (NRO ) in order to safeguard common interests and to coordinate the cooperation. In agreement with ICANN, the NGO acts within the ICANN structure as Address Supporting Organization (ASO ).
AfriNIC | ARIN | APNIC | LACNIC | RIPE NCC
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