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Viber number of users exceeded 236 million
The number of users of mobile messenger Viber over the past three months increased by 15% million and reached 236 million people. This is stated in the report of the Japanese online retailer Rakuten, who bought the service at the beginning of last year.
As noted in the company, 236 million people – it is not just the number of registered users, but actively using the service. We are talking about people who exploit the client each month. In total, Viber 516 million.
Viber was established in 2010 by Israeli Talmon Marco and Igor Magazinnikov, who came to Israel from Nizhny Novgorod in 1991. Initially, the project was financed by them and their partners, but in early 2014 the partners sold 100% Viber Japanese online retailer Rakuten for $ 900 million.
Viber allows users to exchange messages and make calls, including iPhone and Mac. Its direct competitors – Skype, WhatsApp, that winter was bought Facebook for $ 19 billion, Line and others. Such projects also have Russian companies. This, in particular, gained Mail.ru Group in AOL instant messenger ICQ, project Агент@Mail.ru, messenger Qip from “Russian Internet Solutions”, “Ya-line” from “Yandex”.
In July last year the owners Viber messenger opened an office in Russia . Its terms of reference include localization services and relationships with Russian partners. Head office appointed Eugene Roschupkin, who previously worked in marketing of alcoholic products in Diageo and Red Bull.
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