The US-based Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) has released its latest global Autonomous Systems (AS) rankings. The international ranking system gauges and ranks the number of interconnections that can route Internet traffic through a specific network or network ID (AS Number, or ASN). In the latest CAIDA AS Rank, Angola Cables achieved the highest ranking by an African entity - ranking 33rd on the global list - the company is the only African entity in the Top 100 list.

Autonomous Systems were introduced to regulate networking organizations such as Internet Service Providers (ISP), educational institutions and government agencies and also serve a more practical purpose of routing packets of information between different networks or ASN assigned entities using Border Gateway Protocols (BGPs) to route digital data and content. 

ASN is a sole and unique ID to represent an IP network in the Internet. Some ISPs, carriers and OTT players may have multiple ASNs, as they operate multple IP networks for different purpuses, functions or regions. 

Among the Top 100 list of the CAIDA AS Rank, there are 28 networks from North America; 36 from Europe; 19 from Latin America, 12 from Asia, 4 from Oceania, and 1 from Africa, being solely represented by Angola Cables AS37468. The Top 10 networks listed in the latest CAIDA AS Rank include Century Link AS3356, Telia AS1299, Cogent AS174, EXA AS3257 (GTT AS3257), TI Sparkle AS6762, NTT AS2914, HE AS6963, Zayo AS6461, Tata AS6453 and PCCW AS3491.

Top 10 CAIDA AS Rank
Top 10 CAIDA AS Rank


As a global network service provider based in Africa, Angola Cables has built a robust and efficient network that gives customers secure, low latency connectivity across the world from the USA to South America, Europe and Asia – through resilient subsea cable network and 3rd party partnerships.  Angola Cables operates more than 20 Points of Presence (PoPs) in twenty countries and over 200 international peering agreements currently in place.

Through its subsea cable systems of SACS, Monet and WACS, Angola Cables connects the Americas, Africa and Europe with onward connections to Asia. Angola Cables manages the Data Center Tier III AngoNAP Fortaleza (Brazil) and AngoNAP Luanda (Angola)  as well as PIX and Angonix, one of the largest Internet Exchange Points in Africa.