|Mozilla VPN Goes Live|
|Written by Sue Gee|
|Tuesday, 21 July 2020|
Mozilla has finally brought to market its Virtual Private Network Service, formerly branded as the Firefox Private Network. The change of name to Mozilla VPN is to attract a larger audience than just Firefox users. Will it succeed as a revenue stream for Mozilla?
Mozilla announced last month that its VPN, which had been in beta testing since the end of 2019, would be leaving beta and moving out of the Firefox brand to become a stand-alone product called Mozilla VPN.
It has now launched on Windows and Android in US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia with more countries expected to extend this list during the autumn.
For a subscription of $4.99 Mozilla VPN can connect up to five devices. It's key features are:
As explained in Mozilla's promotional video, the Mozilla VPN runs on a global network of servers powered by Swedish VPN provider Mullvad, using the WireGuard® protocol, which is expected to deliver very high speeds compared to other VPN's thanks to its "slim" code base, which is open source.
What is expected to distinguish this VPN from its competitors is that, being branded by Mozilla, is its trustworthiness.
The post announcing the launch on the Mozilla blog also presented feedback from the beta testing, including the top reasons users cited for using a VPN:
As we've previously reported, the VPN is part of Mozilla's strategy to diversify its revenue. Given that Firefox has only a small share of the browser market, it has dropped the Firefox brand, even so to use Mozilla VPN you'll need a Firefox account, although you won't be restricted to Firefox as your browser.
The VPN market has experienced a surge of interest with the increase in remote working, and the VPN market is predicted to be $50 billion by 2024. However whether Mozilla can capture a significant share with a low-cost but small-scale product - connecting up to five devices limits the scope to home, or individual users, is not at all obvious.
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