KeyCDN Launches New POP in India
2017 has been a great year. Here at KeyCDN, we've made many advancements to our platform to further boost content delivery. That being said, before closing out 2017, we'd like to make one more announcement which is that we've just launched a new point of presence (POP) in Bangalore, India! The new POP is in production and has been automatically added to all existing Zones.
POP in Bangalore extends content delivery to India
With such as large population in India, establishing a presence there greatly helps further improve our overall global reach. A POP in India has been on our radar for some time and we're happy to say that we're now present in Bangalore - the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka.
Previously, we didn't have any POP locations in India, therefore, all visitors from India were delivered content from our Singapore POP. Although this POP offered best peering for latency throughput, a dedicated POP within the country of India will help even further improve the reduction of latency.
As of this year (2017), Bangalore alone has a population of over 12 million people, covers an area of just 709 square kilometers, and is the third most populous city in India. As for India in general, it is the second largest country in the world in terms of population with over 1.3 billion people! With a growing percentage of the population becoming active Internet users, this makes it an important geographic region to accelerate content delivery.
Growth of Internet in India
India's Internet penetration rate is growing quite rapidly. Although the country doesn't have an overly high penetration rate at the moment (currently about 36%) it's expected to increase drastically in the coming years. Furthermore, due to its sheer size in terms of population, 36% is still a very large number (about 460 million).
When looking back just a few years in 2012, India's Internet penetration rate was only 11.4%. In just three years from that, the rate grew by 18.6% to 30%. Furthermore, a report by Cisco states that they expect the penetration rate to continue increasing and by 2021, 59% of the population, or around 829 million people, will be active Internet users.
Here are some additional statistics about the usage and growth of the Internet in India.
- As a country, India has the second largest number of Internet users, next to China.
- Total bandwidth usage is expected to grow to 6.5 Exabytes per month by 2021.
- There will be approximately two billion networked devices in India by 2021.
How to check if content is delivered from India
Each POP adds the HTTP response header
X-Edge-Location to all assets delivered via KeyCDN. In this case, the Bangalore POP's identifier is
inba. 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 https://cdn.keycdn.com/img/logo.svg HTTP/1.1 200 OK Server: keycdn-engine Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:12:54 GMT Content-Type: image/svg+xml Content-Length: 12557 Connection: keep-alive Vary: Accept-Encoding Last-Modified: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:15:44 GMT ETag: "57e91170-310d" Expires: Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:12:54 GMT Cache-Control: max-age=604800 Strict-Transport-Security: max-age=31536000; includeSubdomains; preload Content-Security-Policy: default-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline' 'unsafe-eval' https: data: X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff Referrer-Policy: no-referrer-when-downgrade Link: <https://www.keycdn.com/img/logo.svg>; rel="canonical" X-Cache: HIT X-Edge-Location: inba Access-Control-Allow-Origin: * Accept-Ranges: bytes
Check the India POP status
It's extremely important to us that we maintain a near 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 Bangalore, or any other POP, check our status page to verify if we are performing any scheduled maintenance or open a support request with us directly.
It's been a great year and we're excited to see what 2018 brings. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements in the new year as we're always working towards improving the KeyCDN platform. If you would like to request a POP in a certain location or a new feature please let us know.
Happy content delivery and happy holidays!