Second phase of four-byte AS number assignment policy begins 1 January 2009
Phase two of the four-byte AS number assignment policy begins 1 January 2009
From 1 January 2009, APNIC will assign four-byte AS (AutonomousSystem) numbers by default when receiving requests for AS numbers.Two-byte AS numbers will continue to be assigned when specificallyrequested.
This change marks the second phase of theglobally coordinated transition to four-byte AS numbers. For moreinformation on the implementation phases of the four-byte AS numberpolicy, please see "Policies for Autonomous System number management inthe Asia Pacific region" section 6.3, Timetable for moving from two-byte only AS numbers to four-byte AS numbers.
Information on four-byte AS numbers
To learn more about how the transition to four-byte AS numbers may affect your network, see:
The"asplain" format was recently accepted by the IETF as the standard wayto represent four-byte AS numbers. APNIC will be implementing this newformat early in the first quarter 2009. For more information on"asplain", see:
- RFC 5396 - Textual Representation of Autonomous System (AS) Numbers