Technical Terms and Definitions

RIPE - Organizations

RIPE (Réseaux IP Européens) functions as the IP delegation point for all of Europe within the context of the Internet. It was formed in 1989 and serves a similar function to ARIN within the context of Eurpoe.

The objective of RIPE is to ensure the necessary administrative and technical coordination to allow the operation and expansion of a pan-European IP network.

  • RIPE acts as a forum for the exchange of technical information and the creation of expertise on IP networking.
  • The area of relevance for RIPE is Europe.
  • All parties operating wide area IP networks are encouraged to participate.
  • RIPE promotes and coordinates interconnection of IP networks within Europe and to other continents.
  • RIPE establishes agreement on common network management practices and the operational management of the interconnected networks.
  • RIPE serves as a focal point for other common activities of the participants related to IP networking.
  • All documents produced by RIPE will be publicly available.
  • RIPE is not a network service provider. IP networks collaborating in RIPE remain under the executive authority of their respective organizations.