"An Internet point of presence [POP] is an access point to the Internet. It is a physical location that houses servers, routers, ATM switches and digital/analog call aggregators. It may be either part of the facilities of a telecommunications provider that the Internet service provider (ISP) rents or a location separate from the telecommunications provider. ISPs typically have multiple POPs..." (Wikipedia)

In the Country Profiles on this wiki, reference is sometimes made to POPs in the item concerning "Geographic coverage / Couverture géographique" (under 2.1.c). The thought is that this is one of several significant indicators about connectivity and access.


Wikipedia, "Point of presence," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_of_presence