The Japanese company Rakuten, specializing in e-business, today announced that their $900 million acquisition is Viber, the popular mobile application for instant messaging and voice communication. Recently we wrote that Viber was for sale and that there are several Asian companies interested in it, however the main candidate was Chinese WeChat.
Viber has become popular because of its mobile application that gives users the possibility to make free phone calls and messaging, while using an Internet connection. In the nearly 200 countries where it is present, Viber currently records about 200 million registered users, and recently offered the same service for users of desktop computers.
In Saudi Arabia, there is no joking about the data traffic that comes out of the country, and therefore apps such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp could soon be in serious problem. The government has announced through the telecom operators that if they don’t start start to censor messages sent from these services, they will seriously think about how to ban their use.