Angonix becomes third largest African IXP
17 August 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe
Luanda-based Internet Exchange Point (IXP) Angonix has grown exponentially to become the third largest African IXP, hitting peak traffic of 10.8Gbps.
Angonix, which is managed by Angola Cables, has become a competitive force in Angola and the sub-Saharan region as the country emerges as a growing tech hub on the continent which is ripe for digital growth. It allows global and local networks such as internet service providers (ISPs) and content delivery networks (CDNs) to interconnect directly to exchange internet traffic.
“We provide a physical access point through which major networks with their own autonomous system numbers can connect and exchange traffic,” said Darwin Costa, project manager at Angonix.
“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 1,000Mbps and 10,000Mbps, respectively.”
Carrier-neutral Angonix presently has 17 members, including leading financial institutions, cable and satellite companies, ISPs, mobile phone operators and various communications service providers operating on the continent.
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, Angola Cables will become the only carrier able to directly connect 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.”