KeyCDN Launches New POP in Taiwan

pop in taiwan

KeyCDN is dedicated to expansion throughout the globe and we are excited to announce our new point of presence (POP) in Taipei, Taiwan! The new POP is now in production and has been automatically added to all existing zones. This will further improve latency and throughput within Asia.

POP in Taipei Extends Content Delivery to Taiwan

Many KeyCDN users have requested a PoP in Taiwan and we are excited to be able to deliver an edge server location in the most densely populated area in Taiwan.

taiwan pop location

Our Hong Kong PoP does cover a significant amount of traffic for those accessing content in surrounding regions, however, as you can see by the image below, Taipei is the most densely populated area in Taiwan.

taiwan density map

Source: Wikimedia

As of 2017, Taiwan had a population of over 23 million people and is over 36,000 km² in size. Taipei alone has almost 3 million people and is only just over 270 km² in size. That’s about 10% of the population in only 0.75% of the area. Therefore, this new POP will allow KeyCDN users to deliver their content to visitors in Taiwan much more efficiently.

Growth Of Internet in Taiwan

The growth of Internet usage in Taiwan is rapidly increasing. As more and more of the population moves to browsing the web on mobile devices, users are spending more time online than ever before. Similarly, the number of web users is growing at an astonishing pace. According to Internet World Stats, between the years 2000 and 2016, the number of Internet users grew from 6.26 million to 20.6 million resulting in an 88% penetration of the current population.

Here are some additional statistics about the usage and growth of Internet in Taiwan.

  • 86% of Taiwanese users visit blogs each month – the highest in the world.
  • The average Taiwanese Internet user spends 170 minutes online each day.
  • Taiwan has more mobile devices than people.
  • The value of Taiwanese e-commerce in 2011 was $11,300,000,000.

Taiwan also prioritizes its Internet connection speed. According to a 2017 report, Taiwan’s average connection speed was 16.9 Mbps making it the 5th fastest in Asia and the 16th fastest worldwide.

How to Check if Content is Delivered From Taiwan?

Each POP adds the HTTP header X-Edge-Location to assets that are delivered. In this case, it will be twta. 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 Dev Tools, a speed test tool, or a simple cURL command like the one below:

curl -I
HTTP/2 200
server: keycdn-engine
date: Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:42:50 GMT
content-type: image/svg+xml
content-length: 12557
vary: Accept-Encoding
last-modified: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:15:44 GMT
etag: "57e91170-310d"
expires: Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:42:50 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: <>; rel="canonical"
x-cache: HIT
x-edge-location: twta
access-control-allow-origin: *
accept-ranges: bytes

Check on the Taiwan POP’s Status

One of KeyCDN’s main priorities is to maintain a near 100% uptime rate to ensure that your content is always properly delivered from the nearest POP location. If you are experiencing an issue with the POP in Taiwan, or any other POP, check our status page to verify if we are performing any scheduled maintenance.

pop status

What’s Next?

We are constantly working on new features and expanding our global network to new locations. We have some great things planned for before the end of this year and into 2018. If you would like to request a POP in a certain location or a new feature please let us know on our feature requests community page.

Happy content delivery!

KeyCDN Launches New POP in Taiwan was last modified: September 7th, 2017 by Cody Arsenault
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