Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre
APNIC (the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre) is the regional Internet address registry (RIR) for the Asia-Pacific region. It is one of the world's five RIRs and is part of the Number Resource Organization.
|Founded||13 January 1993|
|Focus||Allocation and registration of IP address space|
APNIC provides numbers resource allocation and registration services that support the global operation of the internet. It is a nonprofit, membership-based organization whose members include Internet service providers, telecommunication providers, data centers, universities, banks, national internet registries, and similar organizations that have their own networks.
APNIC's main functions are:
- Allocating IPv4 and IPv6 address space, and autonomous system numbers
- Maintaining the public APNIC Whois Database for the Asia Pacific region,
- Reverse DNS delegations
- Training in technical skills
- Representing the interests of the Asia Pacific Internet community on the global stage
APNIC manages Internet number resources according to policies developed through an open process of consultation and consensus called the Policy Development Process (PDP).
APNIC's policies are developed by the membership and the broader Internet community. The forums for policy development are the face-to-face Open Policy Meetings, which are held twice each year, and the public mailing list discussions of the Special Internet Groups.
APNIC's open PDP also invites stakeholders interested in Internet number resources from around the world (but mostly the Asia Pacific) to participate. These include representatives from governments, regulators, educators, media, the technical community, civil society, and other not-for-profit organizations.
APNIC's PDP is:
- Anyone can propose policies.
- Everyone can discuss policy proposals.
- APNIC publicly documents all policy discussions and decisions.
- The community drives policy development.
Elections are held at each APNIC Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is conducted during the APNIC Member Meeting (AMM) in February. Voting takes place both on-site at these meetings and prior to the meeting via online voting.
APNIC Executive Council
Each APNIC Executive Council (EC) member serves as an individual, not as a representative of any other party or Member. Therefore, they must act at all times in the best interests of APNIC. The APNIC EC meets face-to-face at four regularly scheduled meetings per year.
The APNIC Secretariat operates to serve its Members and the Asia Pacific Internet community stakeholders.
Its activities are designed to help the APNIC community achieve APNIC's objectives. The Secretariat (APNIC's staff) carries out the day-to-day work. The Secretariat is structured in five divisions: Services, Technical, Business, Communications, and Learning & Development. These divisions encompass all APNIC activities, including that of acting as a central source of information for Members.
Internet number resource delegation
APNIC delegates IP addresses (IPv4 and IPv6) and (ASNs) according to policies developed by the APNIC community. All IP and AS number delegation is subject to certain criteria, based on demonstrated need.
APNIC Whois Database
The APNIC Whois Database details of IP addresses and AS numbers originally allocated by APNIC. It shows the organizations that hold the resources, where the allocations were made, and contact details for the networks. Users can search the whois for information pertaining to these resources, for network troubleshooting, or helping to track network abuse. The organizations that hold those resources are responsible for updating their information in the database. Internet number resources must be properly and accurately registered to fulfil the goals of addressing policy as outlined by the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), who are responsible for the operation of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions.
This accurate registration of resource usage is a critical role APNIC plays in the operation of the Internet.
APNIC provides an alternative to the whois called the Registration Data Access protocol (RDAP), which was designed to address issues in the whois service, the most important of which are: standardization of queries and responses; internalization considerations to cater for languages other than English in data objects; and redirection capabilities to allow seamless referrals to other registrations.
For network abuse such as spam or (hacking), people mistakenly interpret references to apnic.net when doing a whois search to indicate that APNIC is the source of the abuse. Instead, these references to APNIC simply mean that the address space in question was delegated by APNIC to an organization with the Asia Pacific region. APNIC has no authority to prevent these kinds of network abuse.
APNIC also has no technical ability to 'suspend' an Internet service, no mandate to withdraw address registrations, no investigative powers, nor any authority to take action as an enforcement agency. APNIC is in the same position as any other IP address or DNS registry worldwide.
Reverse DNS delegation
APNIC manages reverse DNS delegations for both IPv4 and IPv6. APNIC only delegates the authority of reverse zones to the DNS name servers provided through domain objects.
APNIC provides a Resource Certification service, which is a robust security framework used to verify the association between specific IP address blocks of ASNs and the holders of those Internet number resources. APNIC introduced Resource Certification to improve inter-domain security in the region and enhance the value of the data in the APNIC Whois Database with verification of the resource holder's right-of-use.
Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) is the validation structure for Resource Certification that enables public network users to verify the authenticity of data that has been digitally signed by the data originator.
APNIC conducts a number of training courses in a wide variety of locations around the region. These courses are designed to educate participants to proficiently configure, manage and administer their Internet services and infrastructure and to embrace current best practices.
APNIC holds two conferences a year in various locations around the Asia Pacific region. The first one is held with the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT) and the second one is a stand-alone conference. Both events have a series of workshop sessions on topics such as routing, IPv6, and network security, and plenary and conference tracks on operational topics of current interest.
|APNIC 25||Taipei, Taiwan||25–29 February 2008||Held in conjunction with APRICOT|
|APNIC 26||Christchurch, New Zealand||25–29 August 2008||Standalone Meeting|
|APNIC 27||Manila, Philippines||18–27 February 2009||Held in conjunction with APRICOT 2009|
|APNIC 28||Beijing, China||24–28 August 2009||Standalone Meeting|
|APNIC 29||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||24 February – 5 March 2010||Held in conjunction with APRICOT 2010|
|APNIC 30||Gold Coast, Australia||24–27 August 2010||Standalone Meeting|
|APNIC 31||Hong Kong SAR, China||21–25 February 2011||Held in conjunction with APRICOT-APAN 2011|
|APNIC 32||Busan, South Korea||28 August – 1 September 2011||Standalone Meeting|
|APNIC 33||New Delhi, India||27 February – 2 March 2012||Held in conjunction with APRICOT 2012|
|APNIC 34||NagaWorld, Phnom Penh, Cambodia||21–31 August 2012||Standalone Meeting|
|APNIC 35||Singapore||25 February – 1 March 2013||Held in conjunction with APRICOT 2013|
|APNIC 36||Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province, China||20–30 August 2013||Standalone Meeting|
|APNIC 37||Petaling Jaya, Malaysia||18–28 February 2014||Held in conjunction with APRICOT 2014|
|APNIC 38||Brisbane, Australia||9–19 September 2014||Standalone Meeting|
|APNIC 39||Fukuoka, Japan||24 February – 6 March 2015||Held in conjunction with APRICOT 2015|
|APNIC 40||Jakarta, Indonesia||3 – 10 September 2015||Standalone Meeting|
|APNIC 41||Auckland, New Zealand||15–26 February 2016||Held in conjunction with APRICOT 2016|
|APNIC 42||Colombo, Sri Lanka||28 September – 5 October 2016||Standalone Meeting|
|APNIC 43||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||20 February – 2 March 2017||Held in conjunction with APRICOT 2017|
|APNIC 44||Taichung, Taiwan||7 – 14 September 2017||Standalone Meeting|
|APNIC 45||Kathmandu, Nepal||19 - 28 February 2018||Held in conjunction with APRICOT 2018|
|APNIC 46||Noumea, New Caledonia||6 - 13 September 2018||Standalone Meeting|
|APNIC 47||Daejeon, South Korea||18 - 28 February 2019||Held in conjunction with APRICOT 2019|
|APNIC 48||Chiang Mai, Thailand||5 - 12 September 2019||Standalone Meeting|
|APNIC 49||Melbourne, Australia||TBC 2020||Held in conjunction with APRICOT 2020|
|APNIC 50||Dhaka, Bangladesh||TBC 2020||Standalone Meeting|
APNIC Labs provide research, measurement, and technical reports on the use of Internet number resources with in the Internet, for example, IPv6 deployment.
The APNIC Foundation is a charity established to raise funds independently from APNIC Member contributions to support and expand Internet development efforts in the Asia Pacific.
APNIC works closely with many other Internet organizations, including:
The APNIC membership
Major Internet Service Providers (ISPs), National Internet Registries (NIRs) and Network Information Centres (NICs).
Other Regional Internet Registries (RIRs)
The Number Resource Organization
With the other RIRs, APNIC is a member of the Number Resource Organization (NRO), which exists to protect the unallocated number resource pool, to promote and protect the bottom-up policy development process, and to be the focal point for input into the RIR system.
Other leading Internet organizations
These include the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Engineering and Planning Group (IEPG), the Internet Society (ISOC), and others.
APNIC was established in 1992, by the Asia Pacific Coordinating Committee for Intercontinental Research Networks (APCCIRN) and the Asia Pacific Engineering and Planning Group (APEPG). These two groups were later amalgamated and renamed the Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG). It was established as a pilot project to administer address space as defined by RFC-1366, as well as encompassing a wider brief: "To facilitate communication, business, and culture using Internet technologies".
In 1993, APNG discovered they were unable to provide a formal umbrella or legal structure for APNIC, and so the pilot project was concluded, but APNIC continued to exist independently under the authority of IANA as an 'interim project'. At this stage, APNIC still lacked legal rights, a membership, and a fee structure.
In 1995, the inaugural APNIC meeting was held in Bangkok. This was a two-day meeting, run by volunteers, and was free to attend. Voluntary donations were sought according to the size of the organization, ranging from US$1,500 for 'small', through to US$10,000 for 'large'. Three member types were defined by APNIC-001: ISP (local IR), Enterprise, and National.
1996 saw a proper fee structure introduced, the establishment of a membership, and the holding of the first APRICOT meeting.
By the time 1997 rolled around, it was becoming increasingly clear that APNIC's local environment in Japan was restricting its growth – for example, the staff was limited to 4–5 members. Therefore, the consulting firm KPMG was contracted to find an ideal location in the Asia Pacific region for APNIC's new headquarters.
For reasons such as the stable infrastructure, the low cost of living and operation, and tax advantages for membership organizations, Brisbane, Australia was chosen as the new location, and relocation was completed between April and August 1998, while maintaining continuous operation throughout.
By 1999, the relocation was complete, the Asian economic crisis ended, and so began a period of consolidation for APNIC – a period of sustained growth, policy development, and the creation of documentation and internal systems.
Since then, APNIC has continued to grow from its humble beginnings to a membership of more than 6,000 in 56 economies throughout the region and a secretariat of around 80 staff members located in the head office in Brisbane, Australia.
APNIC represents the Asia Pacific region, comprising 56 economies:
- "Lexique" [Lexic]. AFNIC (in French). Archived from the original (html) on 24 September 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
Organisation à but non lucratif en charge des ressources IP pour les zones Asie et Pacifique. APNIC est l'un des cinq centres internet régionaux (en anglais "Regional Internet Registries" [RIR]) qui existent dans le monde.
- APNIC.net Archived 15 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine