Angola-Based Internet Exchange Point (IXP) Now Top-Three in Africa
Country emerging as growing tech hub on the continent
As a neutral IXP, Angonix allows content to be localised at greatly reduced per-bit delivery costs and offers improved routing efficiency
In just two years, Angonix (www.Angonix.net) – an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) based in Luanda – has grown exponentially to become the third largest African IXP. With peak traffic of 10.8 Gbps (www.Angonix.net/about-angonix/statistics/) (as recorded in July 2017), Angonix has become a competitive force in Angola and the sub-Saharan region.
Managed by Angola Cables (http://AngolaCables.co.ao), Angonix allows global and local networks such as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) to interconnect directly to exchange Internet traffic. Angonix currently has 17 members (www.Angonix.net/customers-partners/customers/), including leading financial institutions, cable and satellite companies, ISPs, mobile phone operators and various communications service providers operating on the continent.
Darwin Costa, project manager at Angonix, explains what makes the IXP unique. “We provide a physical access point through which major networks with their own Autonomous System Numbers can connect and exchange traffic. As a neutral IXP, Angonix allows content to be localised at greatly reduced per-bit delivery costs and offers improved routing efficiency. Its commercial offering features peering Ports of 1G Ethernet and 10G Ethernet, with speeds of 1000Mbps and 10 000Mbps, respectively.
Proud of the impact the organisation is seeing in improving Internet access in Africa, Costa adds: “With a suite of strategic communications assets on the continent, Angonix is connected to multiple carriers and systems that enable networks from the Americas and Europe to the third largest platform in Africa, Angonix. Remote peering services will soon be launched whereby peering ports on Angonix will be available in other markets and other carriers may join the reseller program.”
He adds that the growth of Angonix has exceeded even the most optimistic of forecasts. “Our growth is an indication of how ripe the continent is for digital growth.”
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Angola Cables.
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In operation since March 2015, Angonix is the third largest Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Africa. Located in Luanda, Angola, it acts as a bridge between the continent and the rest of the world by providing a carrier-neutral Internet hub to interconnect global networks, network operators and content providers and other organisations with their own Autonomous System Number. For more information, visit www.Angonix.net.
About Angola Cables:
Based in Luanda, Angola Cables is a multinational telecommunications company founded in 2009 which operates in the wholesale market, primarily focused on commercialising capacity in international circuits for voice and data. One of the largest wholesale IP providers in the sub-Saharan region, Angola Cables is part of the 12-member consortium that manages the 14,530km WACS (West Africa Cable System), with 12 landing points in Africa and two in Europe. The company’s Monet and SACS subsea cable systems - to be completed in 2017 and 2018, respectively, will connect three continents (South America, North America and Africa), interconnecting at a Tier-III data centre in Fortaleza, Brazil. For more information, visit http://AngolaCables.co.ao.