There are five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) in the world. Three of them – AFRINIC, APNIC and LACNIC – are part of the Seed Alliance.


The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa and the Indian Ocean. It is a not-for-profit membership organization headquartered in Ebene, Mauritius. Founded in 2004, it is responsible for the distribution and management of Internet number resources (IPv4/IPv6 addresses and ASNs) and serves 56 economies in the region. As of October 2015, it has 1,273 members. AFRINIC also plays a leading role in capacity building by providing training, knowledge share and financial support for infrastructure development, access and local content provision throughout the region. As part of this commitment, AFRINIC acts as the secretariat for the FIRE Africa grants and awards program. AFRINIC facilitates the FIRE Africa program.


The Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) is an open, membership-based, not-for-profit organization. Founded in 1993, it is based in Brisbane, Australia and serves 56 economies. As of October 2015, it has 5,093 members. As one of the world’s five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), APNIC is charged with ensuring the fair distribution and responsible management of IP addresses and related resources. These resources are required for the stable and reliable operation of the global Internet. APNIC is also actively involved in the development of Internet infrastructure throughout the region. This includes providing training and education services, supporting technical activities such as root server deployments, and collaborating with other regional and international organizations. APNIC established the APNIC Foundation in 2016. Since then, ISIF Asia is a program of the APNIC Foundation.


Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC), is not-for-profit membership organization. Established in 2002, it is based in Uruguay and serves 33 economies in the region. As of October 2015, it has 5,002 members. It is responsible for assigning and administrating Internet numbering resources (IPv4, IPv6), Autonomous System Numbers (ASN), Reverse Resolution and other resources throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. LACNIC contributes to Internet development in the region through an active cooperation policy, promoting and defending the regional community’s interests and helping create conditions that enable the Internet to become an effective instrument for social inclusion and economic development in benefit of all Latin American and Caribbean economies and citizens. LACNIC facilitates the FRIDA program.

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