Asia Pacific Network Information Centre

What Does Asia Pacific Network Information Centre Mean?

The Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) is an organization that manages the assignment of Internet number recourses within the Asian continent.


APNIC sets the rules, regulations and standards that all designated organizations must abide by and implement. End-user organizations and Internet service providers take direction from Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) like APNIC to provide Internet resources within certain regions. The Internet number resources include antonymous system numbers as well as IP addresses that assist in clearly defined routing policies and numbers corresponding with individual computers or other devices.

Techopedia Explains Asia Pacific Network Information Centre

One of the purposes of APNIC is to provide standards-based inter-networking methods for the Internet such as IPv4 and IPv6 across networks such as Ethernet. This uses a best-efforts delivery model for private networks or multicast addresses by using a 32-bit integer.

APNIC serves a multitude of organizations who use autonomous system numbers (private) that all connect to the Internet. APNIC also serves as the Whois database within the Asian continent, storing regional domain names and IP addresses and accepting queries.

APNIC provides a reverse pointer record, or reverse domain name service lookup, which associates an IP address with its domain name.

There are four other RIRs in the world that function similarly to APNIC:

  • The African Network Information Center (AfriNIC)
  • The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) (includes Canada and parts of the Caribbean)
  • Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC)
  • The Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) (serving Europe and the Middle East, along with parts of Central Asia)

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