Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched its first international Local Zones in India and Taiwan.

“AWS Local Zones are now available in Delhi and Taipei. You can now use these AWS Local Zones to deliver applications that require single-digit millisecond latency or local data processing,” the company said in a short release this week. “This first international expansion of AWS Local Zones brings AWS infrastructure closer to millions of end users.”


Local Zones act as Edge locations to host applications that require low latency to end-users or on-premises installations. Each zone offers services such as compute, storage, and database, close to population centers for latency-sensitive applications, usually where Amazon doesn't have an existing data center footprint.

First launched in 2019, AWS had previously concentrated its Local Zone rollout in the US. However, at the turn of the year the company announced plans to launch the service in 32 cities internationally. Though Delhi was one of the locations previously earmarked for a Local Zone – along with Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata in India – Taipei was not on the list of cities published in February.

AWS has 17 Local Zones in 16 metros in the US: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles (x2), Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, and Seattle.

Despite multiple requests from DCD, AWS hasn't detailed what facilities the Local Zones sit within or what compute infrastructure they use.

AWS also has 29 Wavelength Zones – which embeds AWS compute and storage services at the Edge of communications service providers’ 5G networks – across seven countries. The company has partnered with the likes of Verizon, Vodafone, KDDI, SK Telecom, and Bell Canada.

Amazon also has its EdgeFront content delivery network (CDN), which spans more than 310 Points of Presence in more than 90 cities across 47 countries.

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