KeyCDN Launches New POP in Romania

By Martin Williams
Updated on February 11, 2019
KeyCDN Launches New POP in Romania

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 Bucharest, Romania! The new POP is in production and has been automatically added to all existing Zones.

POP in Bucharest further expands content delivery to Romania

With the introduction of a POP in Bucharest, our presence in Europe grows even stronger. With Bucharest being the capital and largest city of Romania, it makes for a great edge server location.

Before the implementation of our Bucharest POP, Romanian users were delivered content from our surrounding KeyCDN POPs. The next closest active POP location to Bucharest was Istanbul which was still almost 900km away; this distance adds up in terms of latency. However, now with the Bucharest edge server in production, it helps further close the gap between visitors who live in Romania and the nearest KeyCDN POP they have access to. As of 2016, Bucharest alone had a population of over 1.83 million people. As for Romania, it covers an area of over 238,000 square kilometers and as of 2017 had a population of almost 20 million.

Growth of Internet in Romania

Although the Internet penetration rate isn't as high as other countries, at 58% as of 2016, the Internet speeds in Romania have been known to be one of the fastest in the world. According to Wikipedia, Romania ranked 5th place worldwide for the average connection speed of 38.60 Mbps. Here are some additional statistics about the usage and growth of Internet in Romania:

  • There are currently 10.26 million Romanian ecommerce users who spend an average of $237.38 USD each online annually.
  • The largest majority of Romanian online shoppers purchase via desktop (87%).
  • The average Internet speed in Romania has been increasing dramatically. In 2017, the average speed was 21.33 Mbps ranking them 18th in the world.

How to check if content is delivered from Bucharest

Each POP adds the HTTP response header X-Edge-Location to all assets delivered via KeyCDN. In this case, the Bucharest POP's identifier is robu. 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: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:37:01 GMT
Content-Type: image/svg+xml
Content-Length: 12557
Connection: keep-alive
Vary: Accept-Encoding
Last-Modified: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:41:04 GMT
ETag: "57e91170-310d"
Expires: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:37:00 GMT
Cache-Control: max-age=604800
X-Cache: HIT
X-Edge-Location: robu
Accept-Ranges: bytes

Check the Bucharest 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 Bucharest, check our status page to verify if we are performing any scheduled maintenance or open a support request with us directly.

What's next?

As our network continues to grow, our customers will continue to experience faster load times globally. We're happy to have established a solid presence in a new country and plan on continuing to expand in both Europe as well as other regions around the globe. If you'd like to know more about where we plan on adding a POP next, check our current network for a list of both active and planned edge server locations. Alternatively, If you would like to request a POP in a certain location or a new feature please let us know and stay tuned for more exciting announcements. Happy content delivery!

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