KeyCDN Launches New POP in Auckland

By Cody Arsenault
Updated on June 10, 2022
KeyCDN Launches New POP in Auckland

Today we're excited to announce that we've launched yet another POP location to help further supercharge our network's content delivery speeds. Our newest point of presence has been launched in Auckland, New Zealand! The new POP is in production and has been automatically added to all existing Zones.

POP in Auckland further expands content delivery to New Zealand

With the introduction of a POP in Auckland, our presence in Oceania becomes even stronger. With Auckland being the largest urban area in the country of New Zealand, it makes for a great edge server location.

Before the implementation of our Auckland POP, New Zealand users were delivered content from one of our Australian POPs. Although both countries are relatively close to one another, they are separated by a distance of approximately 1,500km, which takes it's toll in terms of latency. However, now with the Auckland edge server, this helps further close the gap between visitors who live in New Zealand and the nearest KeyCDN POP they have access to.

As of 2017, Auckland alone had a population of over 1.5 million people. As for New Zealand, it covers an area of over 268,000 square kilometers and has a population just shy of 5 million.

Growth of Internet in New Zealand

Internet access is widely available to New Zealand residents and has been around since 1989. As of 2016, the number of active Internet users was just below 90% (or about 4.5 million people) and that number has been rising steadily since the 2000's.

In terms of broadband speed, New Zealand fairs out pretty well. With average download speeds of 61 Mbps, and average upload speeds of 30 Mbps, they're ranked 16th in the world.

Here are some additional statistics about the usage and growth of Internet in New Zealand:

  • New Zealand broadband users spend, on average, 22 hours per week online.
  • The New Zealand government has two plans to bring fast broadband to 97.8% of the population by 2019.
  • New Zealanders use the Internet heavily to enable entertainment. A study by Cisco found that 59 percent of New Zealand Internet users watched or downloaded media content from the Internet in the previous 30 days.

How to check if content is delivered from Auckland

Each POP adds the HTTP response header X-Edge-Location to all assets delivered via KeyCDN. In this case, the Auckland POP's identifier is nzau. The first two letters stand for the country TLD, while the 3rd and 4th letters are for the city. You can quickly check the response headers using Chrome DevTools, a speed test tool, or a simple curl command like the one below:

curl -I
HTTP/2 200
server: keycdn-engine
date: Wed, 15 Jun 2022 07:02:41 GMT
content-type: image/jpeg
content-length: 195025
last-modified: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 07:06:27 GMT
vary: Accept-Encoding
etag: "5f0ffc73-2f9d1"
expires: Wed, 22 Jun 2022 07:02:41 GMT
cache-control: max-age=604800
x-cache: HIT
x-edge-location: nzau
access-control-allow-origin: *
accept-ranges: bytes

Check the Auckland POP status

It's extremely important to us that we maintain a 100% uptime rate to ensure that your content is always properly delivered from the nearest POP location. If you are experiencing any issues with the new POP in Auckland, check our status page to verify if we are performing any scheduled maintenance or open a support request with us directly.

What's next?

We're happy to have established a solid presence in a new country and plan on continuing to expand in both Oceania as well as other regions around the globe. Check our current network for a list of both active and planned POP locations. If you would like to request a POP in a certain location or a new feature please let us know.

Happy content delivery!

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