CDNs in China
We know of 11 content delivery networks that have edge servers in one or more locations in China. To our knowledge, no content delivery network has plans to launch a new POP in China.
* = planned POPs
** = multiple POPs
|Akamai||?||Partnership with ChinaNetCenter|
|CacheFly||2||Beijing - Shanghai|
|CDNetworks||20||Beijing, Shanghai, Fuzhou, Tianjin, Guangzhou and other|
|CDNvideo||100||All major cities and provinces in China|
|ChinaCache||400||All major cities and provinces in China|
|Cloudflare||37||Partnership with JD Cloud; China POPs are part of the global network|
|CloudFront||4||Beijing - Shenzhen - Shanghai - Zhongwei|
|EdgeNext||1100||Tier 1, 2 and 3 cities and provinces in China|
|Edgio||100||Partnership with ChinaCache|
|Kingsoft Cloud||600||All major cities and provinces in China|
|Tencent Cloud||1100||All major cities and provinces in China|
Akamai in China
Akamai is generally considered to be the largest CDN with edge servers in the most countries. However, the content delivery network company never publishes details about how many POPs they have in a country or where their CDN edge servers are located. The Akamai website has a public PDF with all countries where Akamai maintains Server Points of Presence and China is listed in that document, but specifics are not mentioned. It remains unknown how many POPs or edge servers Akamai has in China.
ICP license for China CDN
The Chinese government requires all domains that serve content from servers located in mainland China to have an ICP license. Only Chinese entities/companies can obtain the ICP license. The license itself is free but you likely have costs for using an intermediairy (often a CDN provider) in helping you get the license.
More information about the ICP license and CDN in China:
- ICP license (Wikipedia)
- Experience a Faster and More Secure Internet in China (Cloudflare)
- China ICP License Support (Alibaba Cloud)
China has a population of approximately 1.3 billion. China borders 14 nations, more than any other country except Russia, which also borders 14. China borders Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), India, Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and North Korea. China is in time zone UTC+8 (CST).