Looking for verification that Google and Akamai have the geo-ip for set correctly

Mark Foster blakjak at blakjak.net
Fri Jan 2 21:30:47 UTC 2009

Funny this should come up...

I've found that a local Mobile Broadband outfit here in NZ are using an IP 
range that Akamai's Geolocation service thinks is actually in New Jersey. 
Causes me some oddness as a result - this despite the fact that Maxmind 
has it correct.
Whilst investigating this (just the day before yesterday) the following 
URL came to my attention - allows you to check the IP you're on against 
Akamai's Edgescape product:


Their customer care team were responsive to an email I sent them (but were 
unwilling to make changes without the request coming through their 
customer... which in itself seems mad, their info is wrong - why don't 
they correct it?)

Geolocation is clever, but seems to be  very retrospective, and very much 
an imperfect science... there should be some obligation on people offering 
the service to work very hard to keep their data current, given the effect 
it can have on an end user.


On Fri, 2 Jan 2009, Martin Hannigan wrote:

> Maxmind www.maxmind.com is a fairly good indicator of what geo-locators are
> seeing, but I recall a recent thread here that there have been disagreements
> between the various geolocation services.
> I think that some of it depends on the reference sources i.e. how many and
> what the algorithms are and also the update frequency. Using plain old whois
> data, for example, is notoriously unreliable, but definitely "usable" as a
> reference.
> Might be nice if search engines and cdn's had a verification site for
> checking and suggesting corrections i.e.
> www.favoritesearchengine.com/ipverifiy
> Best,
> Martin
> On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 9:36 AM, Frank Bulk - iName.com <frnkblk at iname.com>wrote:
>> We were assigned a new block from ARIN two weeks ago and are getting
>> several
>> reports from end users that the Spanish and German versions of Google's
>> search page are coming up.
>> IP2Location and Maxmind are mostly correct, but there appears to be no way
>> for me to verify that Google and Akamai have listed
>> correctly.
>> Perhaps someone can point me in the right direction so I can make an
>> authoritative check.
>> Thanks,
>> Frank
> -- 
> Martin Hannigan                               martin at theicelandguy.com
> p: +16178216079

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