Consultix became a member of the RIPE in 1996 and is operating its own IP Backbone since then.
The RIPE NCC is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) providing Internet resource allocations, registration services and co-ordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally. Members of the RIPE are Local Internet Registries. As a Regional Internet Registry for Europe, the RIPE NCC can allocate and assign Internet Resources to its members which are Local Internet Registries.
IPv4 and IPv6 address space
IPv4 address space for use on the Internet are distributed through a system of hierarchically organised Internet Registries. As a Regional Internet Registry (RIR), the RIPE NCC allocates IPv4 address space to its members, the so-called "Local Internet Registries" (LIR's). The LIRs can assign IPv4 address space to end-users and to their own network infrastructure.
An Autonomous System (AS) is a group of IP networks run by one or more network operators with a single, clearly defined routing policy. When exchanging exterior routing information, each AS is identified by a unique number: the Autonomous System Number (ASN). An AS is also sometimes referred to as a routing domain.
Current guidelines require a network to be multi-homed and have a unique routing policy for an ASN to be assigned. Requests must show the routing policy of the AS. Any organisation can acquire an ASN but they must be requested by a Local Internet Registry (LIR).
Reverse DNS delegations
The Domain Name System (DNS) is a globally distributed Internet service. It provides name-to-number (forward) and number-to-name (reverse) translations, using defined client-server and server-server protocols. The DNS is a public service - any Internet user is freely able to query the DNS system for forward or reverse translations.
Reverse DNS delegations allow applications to map to a domain name from an IP address. Reverse delegation is achieved by use of the special domain names in-addr.arpa (IPv4) and ip6.arpa (IPv6).
The RIPE NCC actively checks the quality and validity of registry data in order to ensure fair address space distribution, making sure that assignment guidelines are applied equally. Audit activity promotes the consistent and fair application of assignment criteria with regard to the registration and conservation of address space and aggregation of routing information. This activity also helps identify procedures that cause difficulties. Impartiality, quality and confidentiality will be of highest priority