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Virtual Private Network (VPN) - Global Market Trajectory & Analytics

  • ID: 4845864
  • Report
  • August 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 404 pages
  • Global Industry Analysts, Inc


  • Array Networks, Inc.
  • Citrix Systems, Inc.
  • Golden Frog GmbH
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • NordVPN
  • Pango, Inc.

Global Virtual Private Network (VPN) Market to Reach US$77.1 Billion by the Year 2026

Virtual Private Network or VPN is an encrypted private network that is extended over a public network. Global market for VPN networks is driven primarily by the growing adoption private networks in various industries. With the Internet emerging as the platform for conducting business activities in various industry sectors, the risk of cyberbreaches and data thefts is on the rise. The need to safeguard business data and transactions is thus driving enterprises towards highly secure technologies, thus presenting significant growth opportunities for the VPN market. Increasing incidences of data theft, both financial and personal information, coupled with compromised web security are propelling the need for VPN to enable a safe, encrypted connection. The growing number of cases of cyberattacks is another major factor that urges many enterprises to move to VPN technology. In today`s unsafe cyber environment, more and more industry verticals are adopting VPN services to ensure complete protection of their data while in transmission. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic impacting business operations, enterprises are increasingly turning towards Internet-based services for business continuity purposes. This is consequently driving adoption and expansion of VPNs. The enterprise mobility trend and the need for providing ubiquitous access to company networks especially for remote workforce is also enhancing adoption of VPNs.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Virtual Private Network (VPN) estimated at US$32.2 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$77.1 Billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 15.3% over the analysis period. Multiprotocol Label Switching, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to grow at a 15.4% CAGR to reach US$42.7 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After a thorough analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Cloud segment is readjusted to a revised 17.3% CAGR for the next 7-year period. This segment currently accounts for a 18.2% share of the global Virtual Private Network (VPN) market. The growing need for secure and multi-site connectivity and increasing cloud migration creates steady demand for Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPN solutions. Real-time applications such as voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing and business-critical bank apps receive special support from MPLS VPN solutions. A cloud-based VPN provides access to global VPN to users, including third-party users and subscribers, over the public network. The increasing adoption of virtual technologies and devices in application delivery, networking and security products and services is fueling growth in the cloud VPN market.

The U.S. Market is Estimated at $14.3 Billion in 2021, While China is Forecast to Reach $11.2 Billion by 2026

The Virtual Private Network (VPN) market in the U.S. is estimated at US$14.3 Billion in the year 2021. The country currently accounts for a 34.83% share in the global market. China, the world's second largest economy, is forecast to reach an estimated market size of US$11.2 Billion in the year 2026 trailing a CAGR of 17.4% through the analysis period. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each forecast to grow at 12% and 12.8% respectively over the analysis period. Within Europe, Germany is forecast to grow at approximately 12.1% CAGR while Rest of European market (as defined in the study) will reach US$12.9 Billion by the end of the analysis period. Developed economies are the leading regional markets for VPN worldwide. In North America, the VPN market continues to grow due to the increased risk of cybercrime and the subsequent need to protect enterprise data. The widespread adoption of digital technologies and growing incidents of cyberattacks are fueling demand for VPN services. Europe is another major regional market for VPN, with the widespread adoption of advanced digital technologies in the region spurring market growth. The large number of enterprises and growth in the Internet users base, especially amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is stimulating the VPN market in Europe. The increasing use of Internet for personal and business purposes, economic growth and industrialization are contributing to the growing adoption of VPNs in the Asia-Pacific region.

IP Segment to Reach $17.4 Billion by 2026

The IP VPN market is experiencing high growth, driven mainly by the significant cost benefits offered by the technology. IP services also help in simplifying the overall design of private networks and ensures high quality of service for mission critical operations. It is due to this reason that IP VPN is emerging as a lucrative option for enterprises looking to cut down expenditure on networking. In the global IP segment, USA, Canada, Japan, China and Europe will drive the 13.8% CAGR estimated for this segment. These regional markets accounting for a combined market size of US$6.6 Billion in the year 2020 will reach a projected size of US$16.3 Billion by the close of the analysis period. China will remain among the fastest growing in this cluster of regional markets. Led by countries such as Australia, India, and South Korea, the market in Asia-Pacific is forecast to reach US$1.9 Billion by the year 2026, while Latin America will expand at a 12.1% CAGR through the analysis period.

Select Competitors (Total 155 Featured) -

  • Array Networks, Inc.
  • Avast Software s.r.o
  • Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Citrix Systems, Inc.
  • Columbitech
  • CyberGhost S.R.L.
  • Express VPN International Ltd.
  • Golden Frog GmbH
  • Google, Inc.
  • Juniper Networks, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • NCP Engineering GmbH
  • NetMotion Software
  • NordVPN
  • OpenVPN, Inc.
  • Opera Norway AS
  • Pango, Inc.
  • Safer Social Ltd.
  • TunnelBear, Inc.
  • Watchguard Technologies, Inc.

The global analysis and forecast periods covered within the report are 2020-2027 (Current & Future Analysis) and 2012-2019 (Historic Review). Research estimates are provided for 2020, while research projections cover the period 2021-2027.
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  • Array Networks, Inc.
  • Citrix Systems, Inc.
  • Golden Frog GmbH
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • NordVPN
  • Pango, Inc.


  • Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic and Looming Recession
  • 2020 Marked as a Year of Disruption & Transformation
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Provides Strong Push for Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
  • Exhibit 1: Threat to Security and Privacy: Increase in Cyberattacks and Hacking amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
  • VPN Adoption Surges as COVID-19 Pandemic Leads to a Rise in Remote Work and WFM Culture
  • Exhibit 2: Average Weekly Increase in VPN Usage in March-2020
  • COVID-19 Outbreak Redefines VPN Security for Corporate Sector
  • An Introduction to Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  • Types of VPNs
  • Global Market for Virtual Private Network (VPN): Prospects & Outlook
  • The Importance of VPNs
  • Hardware Captures a Significant Share of VPN Market
  • Exhibit 3: Global VPN Market by Component (in %) for 2020E
  • MPLS Segment Leads the VPN Market
  • Large Enterprises Capture Major Market Share
  • Exhibit 4: Global SSL VPN Market by Enterprise Size (in %) for 2020E
  • Cloud VPN Market: A High Growth Segment
  • BFSI: The Major End Use Segment
  • Developed Regions Lead, Developing Economies to Spearhead Future Growth
  • The Future of VPN Technology
  • Competition
  • Select Innovations in VPN Market
  • Comparative Review of Top Virtual Private Networks
  • World Brands
  • Recent Market Activity

  • Transforming the Way Users Browse the Internet, VPNs Continue to Gain Prominence for Businesses & Consumers Alike
  • VPN Usage Statistics: An Overview
  • Exhibit 5: Global VPN User Base Breakdown (in %) by Gender
  • Exhibit 6: Global VPN User Base Breakdown (in %) by Age Group
  • Growing Threat of Cyberattacks and Data Breaches Spurs Adoption of VPNs
  • Exhibit 7: Cybersecurity Breaches Related to COVID-19 Outbreak during the Period Jan-Apr 2020
  • Exhibit 8: Impact of Pandemic on Businesses: % of Companies Affected by the COVID-19 Crisis
  • Exhibit 9: Average Annual Cost of Cybercrime (in US$ Million) by Industry for the Years 2017 and 2018
  • Exhibit 10: Average Cost of Cyberattacks (in US$ Thousand) by Type for 2017 and 2018
  • Exhibit 11: Average Cost of Data Breach Per Organization Worldwide (in US$ Million) for 2014-2019
  • Implementation of Effective Security Solutions Highly Critical to Prevent Hacks
  • Notable Future Trends in Enterprise VPNs
  • Internet Opens Up a Range of Online Security Issues, Bringing to Light the Importance of Secure Access to Networks
  • Exhibit 12: Percentage Penetration Rate (%) of Internet Users by Region (As of March 2021)
  • Exhibit 13: Number of Internet Users Worldwide (in Billions) for the Years 2011-2021
  • Exhibit 14: Breakdown of Internet Users (in %) by Region As of March 2021
  • Digital Transformation of Businesses and Changing Work Cultures Accelerate VPN Adoption
  • Exhibit 15: Global Digital Transformation Spending (In US$ Billion) for Years 2017 through 2023
  • VPN Rides the Wave of Transforming Workplace Norms
  • Exhibit 16: Global Enterprise Mobility Market (in US$ Billion) for the Years 2019, 2022, and 2025
  • Exhibit 17: Security Issues Concerning BYOD Adoption in Businesses Drive VPN Adoption: % of Businesses Citing an Issue as a Security Concern
  • Pandemic Accelerates Adoption of Remote Work or WFM Policies
  • Exhibit 18: WFM Employees as a % of the Total Workforce
  • With Video & Web Conferencing Solutions Becoming Integral to Communications Amidst the Pandemic, VPN Adoption Rises among Enterprises
  • Exhibit 19: Numerous Video Conferencing Benefits and Resultant Rise in Adoption Spurs Need for VPNs to Enable Secure Meetings: % of Businesses Citing a Video Conferencing Benefit
  • Rapid Growth of Media Streaming Services Leads to an Increase in VPN Adoption
  • Exhibit 20: Entertainment Emerges as a Key Reason Driving VPN Usage: % of VPN Users Citing the Reason for Using VPN Services
  • Exhibit 21: COVID-19 Outbreak Increases Demand for Streamed Media Services: Streamed TV & Video Content Growth (in %) by Select Countries for 2nd Week Vs 1st Week in March 2020
  • Exhibit 22: Global OTT Market Revenues (in US$ Billion) by Segment for the Years 2019 & 2025
  • Exhibit 23: % of VPN Users Frequently Accessing TV Streaming Services by Service
  • VPN Bypasses to Drive Adoption among Private Consumers
  • With Remote/Online Education Becoming the Norm in a COVID-19 Hit World, Security and Privacy Benefits Drive Adoption of VPNs
  • Exhibit 24: Global E-Learning Market Size in US$ Million by Region/Country for 2020 & 2027
  • A Glance at Popular VPNs for College Institutions
  • Need for Enhanced Mobile Security Boosts Mobile VPN Market
  • Exhibit 25: Growing Security Risk in Mobile Devices to Stimulate Mobile VPN Usage: Number of Malicious App Installations in Mobile Devices for the Period Q1 2019 to Q1 2020
  • Smartphone VPN: Providing Secure & Reliable Internet Connectivity for Smartphones
  • Exhibit 26: Rising Smartphone Usage Enhances Need for Secure Access to Online Services: Penetration Rate of Smartphones as a % of Total Population: 2016-2021
  • Popular Android VPNs
  • Exhibit 27: Number of Mobile Client Installations (in Thousands) in App Store by VPN Brand for 2019
  • Exhibit 28: Number of Mobile Client Installations (in Thousands) in Google Play Store by VPN Brand for 2019
  • Exhibit 29: Top Mobile VPN Service Providers: Ranked by Number of Installations for the Period Jan-May 2020
  • Cloud VPN Market Poised to Grow at a High Rate
  • Site-to-Site VPN Market Benefits from Rising Enterprise Investments into Networking Solutions
  • Anonymity and Privacy Advantages Drive Adoption of VPNs among Consumers
  • Small Businesses Poised to Benefit from VPN Adoption
  • OpenVPN Access Server Facilitates Faster VPN Deployment
  • Promise of Better Security Supports Adoption of VPN in BFSI Sector
  • Government Agencies Struggle with Legacy VPNs amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak
  • Use of VPN among Healthcare & Emergency Service Providers on the Rise
  • Telecommunication Industry Makes Use of VPN Capabilities
  • Restrictions on VPN, Political Censorship and Regulations in Certain Nations Impede Market Growth
  • Exhibit 30: Number of Government Requests to Google for Information on User Data and Activity by Country for H1 2020
  • VPN Holds Potential as Digital Marketing Tool
  • How VPN Helps in Protecting Online Privacy
  • Key Security and Performance Challenges of VPNs
  • Common Problems and Vulnerabilities Related to Deployment of VPN Services
  • VPNs May Fall Short in Protecting Against Current Sophisticated Cyberattacks
  • Emergence of Alternatives Threatens VPN


  • VPN Usage Picks Up During COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Exhibit 31: Rising Threat of Cyberbreaches Fuels VPN Adoption: Number of Data Breaches and Records Exposed (in Millions) in the US for 2010-2020
  • Exhibit 32: Commercial Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) Market Share Breakdown by Leading Providers for 2020
  • Market Analytics

  • Market Overview
  • Exhibit 33: Internet Penetration Rate (In %) for the Years 2015-2020
  • An Overview of Prominent VPN Providers in Japan
  • Market Analytics
  • China's ‘Great Firewall' Augments Demand for VPN
  • List of Popular VPN Vendors in China
  • Hong Kong: Enactment of New National Security Law Spurs Interest in VPN Services
  • Market Analytics
  • Mobile VPN Gains Traction
  • Cloud Migration and Multi-site Connectivity Sustain Demand for MPLS VPN Solutions
  • Competitive Landscape
  • A Peek into Select Popular VPN Services in Europe
  • Market Analytics









  • COVID-19 Pandemic Spurs Adoption of VPNs in India
  • Exhibit 34: Total Number of Internet Users for the Years 2017, 2020, 2023 and 2025
  • Relaxed VPN Norms for IT and ITeS Companies Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak
  • COVID-19 Pandemic and Internet Shutdowns Boost VPN Adoption
  • Select Popular VPN Services in India
  • Market Analytics














  • Total Companies Profiled: 155
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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Array Networks, Inc.
  • Avast Software s.r.o
  • Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Citrix Systems, Inc.
  • Columbitech
  • CyberGhost S.R.L.
  • Express VPN International Ltd.
  • Golden Frog GmbH
  • Google, Inc.
  • Juniper Networks, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • NCP Engineering GmbH
  • NetMotion Software
  • NordVPN
  • OpenVPN, Inc.
  • Opera Norway AS
  • Pango, Inc.
  • Safer Social Ltd.
  • TunnelBear, Inc.
  • Watchguard Technologies, Inc.
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