The Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) is a non-profit organization that manages the IPv4, IPv6 and Autonomous System Numbers (ASN) for Europe, the Middle East, parts of West and Central Asia and even Greenland.
RIPE NCC manages allocation and assignment of internet resources and is one out of five Regional Internet Registries (RIR) in the world. A governing organization is needed to ensure that the limited amount of available IPv4 space gets properly distributed. In April 2018 the RIPE NCC allocated the last available /22 in the final /8 block that was given by IANA. Even though the last /8 of IPv4 address space was allocated, it is important to know that RIPE NCC has recovered over 9 million IP addresses and expects this pool to last until early 2020.
RIPE started out in 1989 when a group op IP network operators in Europe started coordinating on technical work and exchanging information. In April 1992 the RIPE NCC was established and IANA turned over the responsibility for this region.
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