Gcore Expands Global Network with 10 New PoPs

Gcore Expands Global Network with 10 New PoPs

We are pleased to announce the launch of ten new points of presence (PoPs) in H1 of 2024 as part of our ongoing commitment to growing our global CDN infrastructure. New PoPs in Africa—Abidjan, Bamako, Douala, Harare, Casablanca, and Rabat—offer substantial improvements to content delivery speed and quality across the continent. Munich, Zurich, Porto Alegre, and Riyadh also gain a Gcore presence to boost local infrastructure. Let’s take a look at the impact Gcore CDN is making around the world.

Côte d’Ivoire: Abidjan

Lagoons of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, courtesy of Unsplash

The capital of Côte d’Ivoire, Abidjan, has a booming financial industry and a busy port, requiring reliable internet infrastructure. Côte d’Ivoire’s internet usage rate stood at 38.4% of the total population at the start of 2024, with 2.5% yearly growth showing a keen uptake. The country already ranks among the top five sub-Saharan African countries for connection speed. Our new PoP in Abidjan further improves internet performance throughout Côte d’Ivoire by lowering latency and offering quicker load times, improving online experiences.

Mali: Bamako

View of Bamako, Mali, Encyclopædia Britannica

As of early 2024, Mali’s internet penetration rate was over 33%. The Malian government intends to strengthen the country’s communications infrastructure as part of its digital modernization strategy, with a goal of 100% internet penetration. The country already has 98% of the population using mobile phones, so we can expect impressive growth and uptake in Mali. The Bamako point of presence helps to meet the region’s ambitious and rising demand for internet services.

Cameroon: Douala

Streets of Douala, Cameroon, courtesy of Unsplash

Cameroon’s digital economy is rapidly expanding, driven by increased business activity and investments. With 87.5% mobile phone coverage, the presence of major African internet service providers such as MTN and Orange, and connection via five submarine fiber optic cables, Cameroon is well-positioned for digital success. Our new Douala PoP is already making an impact by increasing internet quality in Cameroon’s developing digital economy.

Zimbabwe: Harare

Harare nigh city view, courtesy of Unsplash

Harare’s internet service provider market is competitive, offering both mobile and fixed-line broadband alternatives with a high mobile penetration rate of 97%. Our new PoP drives down latency and improves internet performance, supporting Zimbabwe’s increasing need for reliable internet access.

Morocco: Casablanca and Rabat

Casablanca cityscape, courtesy of Unsplash

Together, Rabat and Casablanca boast a combined population of 3.3 million and a burgeoning tech sector that attracts investment and talent. The rapid expansion of Moroccan IT infrastructure has allowed Casablanca to host numerous web development businesses and smart city initiatives, and Rabat to nurture significant IT job opportunities with governmental support for digital sectors. Our new PoPs in Casablanca and Rabat are enhancing internet speed and reliability, driving Morocco’s digital development.

Germany: Munich

Scenic view of Munich, Germany, courtesy of Unsplash

Germany boasts over 93% internet penetration with 77.7 million internet users as of early 2024. Munich is a major center for AI research and development in Europe and home to several world-renowned AI research institutions. Our new PoP in Munich supports the needs of this thriving tech hub.

Switzerland: Zurich

Zurich city view, courtesy of Unsplash

Switzerland boasts one of the most advanced internet infrastructures in the world, with 99% of the population connected and around 30% of households accessing the internet via fiber optic broadband. Zurich is also home to numerous major IT enterprises. By establishing a PoP in Zurich, we’re offering a new level of service to this tech-savvy region.

Brazil: Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre, Brazil, courtesy of Unsplash

Known as the “Silicon Valley of Southern Brazil,” Porto Alegre is a hub of innovation with a thriving startup culture and expanding e-commerce industry. This region needs a robust digital infrastructure free of bottlenecks.

Graph demonstrates Gcore’s latency settling at around 29 ms after the new PoP launch in Porto Alegre, Brazil
Gcore’s latency settled at around 29 ms following its launch

After the launch in Porto Alegre, Gcore’s latency was reduced to 29 ms, outperforming all local competitors and enhancing global connectivity in Brazil.

Saudi Arabia: Riyadh

Riyadh cityscape, courtesy of Unsplash

The Saudi government’s Digital Transformation program is a comprehensive and practical approach designed to facilitate the government’s goals of diversifying the economy, improving public services, and fostering innovation. Over 97% of government services have already been digitalized under this initiative, and Saudi businesses are following this trend. These innovations require a reliable underlying infrastructure that enables smooth connectivity.

Graph showing response times dropping to 40 ms after the launch of Gcore’s point of presence in Riyadh
Gcore’s latency is just 40 ms in Riyadh, massively outperforming other local providers

Riyadh’s new PoP is proving pivotal in boosting internet speeds and reliability, supporting Vision 2030 digital goals. With response times down to a mere 40 ms—three times faster than any other provider—our new PoP strengthens the country’s developing digital infrastructure by significantly reducing request times in the region.

Join Us in Embracing Enhanced Connectivity

Our new points of presence in Abidjan, Bamako, Casablanca, Douala, Harare, Munich, Porto Alegre, Rabat, Riyadh, and Zurich demonstrate our dedication to providing reliable and fast content delivery globally. The deployment of these PoPs is a major milestone toward our goal of providing high-speed and secure internet services worldwide.

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