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What is an AS Number?

An Autonomous System (AS) is a group of IP networks run by one or more network operators with a single, clearly defined routing policy.

When exchanging exterior routing information, each AS is identified by a unique number: the Autonomous System Number (ASN). An AS is also sometimes referred to as a routing domain.

Current RIPE Policy requires a network to be multi-homed, and have a unique routing policy for an ASN to be assigned. Requests must show the routing policy of the AS.

Any organisation can acquire an ASN. This requires a contractual agreement with a sponsoring LIR or with the RIPE NCC.

To do this, you need to become a member of the RIPE NCCor find a sponsoring LIR.