In just two years, 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 (as recorded in July 2017), Angonix has become a competitive force in Angola and the sub-Saharan region.
Managed by Angola Cables, Angonix allows global and local networks such as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) to interconnect directly to exchange Internet traffic. It currently has 17 members, including leading financial institutions, cable and satellite companies, ISPs, mobile phone operators and various communications service providers operating 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.
Proud of the impact the organisation is seeing in improving Internet access in Africa, Darwin Costa, project manager at Angonix states: “With a suite of strategic communications assets on the continent, we are connected to multiple carriers and systems that enable networks from the Americas and Europe to the third largest platform in Africa. 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.”