The ARIN free pool runs on empty, RIPE officially opens the European region to interRIR transfers, and IPv6 continues its upward trend but still only predicted to account for 34% of global IP traffic by 2019.
In July, the ARIN free pool dwindled further. Only 218 /24s are available as of this posting. Based on the current runrate, it would not be surprising to see the free pool fully depleted by the end of August. AT&T received a /14 - the only large block allocation in July - and there were no significant transfers recorded in the registry.
RIPE announced that its policy permitting interRIR transfers has been implemented and is now operational. Inter-RIR transfer policies introduced in the ARIN and LACNIC regions (and described in the April and June market updates) are still in discussion phase. A new policy proposal introduced in LACNIC would terminate usage of IPv4 in the region by 2030 and require end users with large quantities of IPv4 numbers to give back 1/15th of their IPv4 inventory each year through 2030.
There were no notable IPv4 market transfers in the APNIC region; however, the RIPE transfer market continues to be active, with four of the five largest transfer recipients from the Middle East region.
IPv6 content hit new highs both globally (8%) and in the U.S. (21%) although the number of Alex Top 1000 websites reachable over IPv6 made marginal increases in the last couple of months, growing from 16% to 16.1%.
In the news, Geoff Huston assessed Apple’s recent IPv6 deployment efforts, in Circle ID an AFRINIC staff member discussed the implications of Africa being the last to deplete its IPv4 supply - AFRINIC has over 40 million IPv4 numbers remaining in its free pool and is not expected to reach depletion until mid-2019, Cisco predicted that IPv6 traffic will hit 34% by 2019, that and Avenue4 reported that it received Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification by the National Minority Supplier Development Council.