KaBOOM! 179 worldwide checkpoints

We are excited to tell you that our checkpoint count just exploded from 168 worldwide monitoring locations to 179! This blast of monitoring power includes new countries and additional checkpoints in the US and France. We’ve added checkpoints in nine new countries for a total of 62 countries with Uptrends monitoring checkpoints. With over 200 million users in these nine countries, we look forward to them all getting a better Internet experience.

When you’re choosing your checkpoint locations, you need to pick monitoring sites as close to your user base as possible. If the checkpoint isn’t near your user base, you may introduce latency into your performance monitoring results. On the flip side, due to not having checkpoints near your customer base, your users may experience poor performance due to latency that you don’t capture in your monitoring results. To keep your synthetic monitoring as close to your true user experience as possible, we keep building our checkpoint network. Let’s take a look at these new host countries.

Sofia, Bulgaria

Population: 7,045,259
Internet users: 4,213,065

Once considered the Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe, Bulgarians enjoy having 33.5 Mbps download speeds over broadband ranking Bulgaria 20th fastest in the world in 2014.

Tallinn, Estonia

Population: 1,305,755
Internet users: 1,196,521

The birthplace of Kaaza and Skype, Estonia is considered one of the most connected countries in the world. In 2012, Estonia came in number one for the fastest broadband in the world at 46.35 Mbps.

Nairobi, Kenya

Population: 48,466,928
Internet users: 43,329,434

Frequently when you think about Kenya, you think coffee and wildlife, but with 89% of the population connected to the Internet, maybe it’s time to think about performance too especially in the mobile sector. The introduction of M-PESA (Digital currency using mobile devices) has made mobile (especially Android based devices) a necessity, and it has changed the economy in Kenya.

Riga, Latvia

Population: 1,944,565
Internet users: 1,663,739

Latvia has the tallest women in the world (watch out Wonder Woman) and the sixth fastest and mostly free Internet connections. Riga alone has over 800 free Wi-Fi connection points.

Islamabad, Pakistan

Population: 196,744,376
Internet users: 44,608,065

With a population considered to be the 27th most connected country in the world, as of July 2016 Pakistan had over 30 million 3G and 4G users.

Lima, Peru

Population: 32,166,473
Internet users: 18,000,000

With the world’s oldest university, National University of San Marcos, Lima is in position to become an innovation and technology powerhouse due to huge investments in technology by the Peruvian government and growing outside interest.

Belgrade, Serbia

Population: 8,776,940
Internet users: 5,885,816

Not only is Serbia the birthplace of Nikola Tesla, but it is reported that there are 130 mobile connections for every 100 people in Serbia. On a tastier note, Serbia produces 30% of the world’s raspberries (Yum!).

Kiev, Ukraine

Population: 44,405,055
Internet users: 23,303,773

With the fourth highest literacy rates in the world at 99.4%, Eighty percent of Ukrainians (with Internet connections) receive their news (especially political news) over the internet.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Population: 95,414,640
Internet users: 64,000,000

Vietnam has a fast growing software development industry with increases of 20-25% year after year since 2001.

We were already present in the US and France, but we’ve added the following new checkpoints:

  • Charlotte, North Carolina (United States)
  • Dallas, Texas (United States)
  • Bordeaux (France)

We are excited to welcome all of these countries to our expanding list of checkpoints and host countries. Globalization continues as more developing nations become influencers in technology and Internet access expands bringing more users online. As the market grows, you can count on Uptrends to continue building new checkpoints. If you have ideas or suggestions about future checkpoints, let us know. Get a full list of our checkpoints and their IP addresses on our website, or download them using our API.

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