“Skype Killer” Developed in Belarus

Why popular VoIP application is being developed exactly in Belarus?

“Skype Killer” Developed in Belarus

Few weeks ago Bloomberg Businessweek published a large — and quite comprehensive — article on Belarusian IT. The particular attention was paid to a piece of mobile software called Viber. Or simply and humbly a “Skype killer”.

Such a name sounds at any rate pretentious: someone in some Belarus tries to take over the market of Skype, the largest VoIP application (by the way, developed in another former USSR country — Estonia)? But Viber designed in Israel by Talmon Marco and Igor Magazinik and being developed in Belarus has all chances.

Viber is aimed at smartphones and designed to fit this platform perfectly unlike “too desktop” Skype. One may receive calls, SMS, share files without bulky process of authorisation and appointing talk beforehand. Furthermore, the service is absolutely gratis.

Viber is constructed with the smartphone in mind. When you make a Viber call, your request is routed to a central Viber server. The server checks to see if the recipient of the call currently has Viber running in the background on his phone. If so, the phone starts ringing; if not, the recipient’s phone receives a push notification that essentially turns Viber on automatically, causing the phone to ring. Currently, Viber surpassed 50 million subscribers and continues growing.

Choosing exactly Belarusian developers for Viber is not random. Firstly, Belarusian programmers possess flexible thinking: “When was the last time I hired a developer in California?” Talmon Marco asks rhetorically. “In Silicon Valley, they may be up on the latest techniques, the latest approaches,” he says, “but they’re too rigid, too by the book.”

Secondly, they are cheap. “For a talented developer, it would be $130,000 a year.” For this amount, Marco and Magazinikcan pay seven Belarusian developers, Bloomberg says.

Belarusian IT is popular among world’s largest companies: Belarusian software is purchased by Coke, Google, Halliburton, Chevron, Citigroup, Sears, Colgate-Palmolive, Thomson Reuters, Viacom, Siemens, Mercedes-Benz, Bosch, Philips, Samsung, Barclays, and the London Stock Exchange.


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Chosen One wrote September 4, 2012 at 11:45
Вообще-то офис Viber в Минске, в Бресте буквально несколько человек :)
Vibernan wrote September 4, 2012 at 11:53
[дзякуй -- вэб-рэдактар]
ололо wrote September 4, 2012 at 12:07
Если тут тусуют разработчики. Как там будет с безопасностью? Очень актуальный вопрос :)
олеолеолеоле wrote September 4, 2012 at 12:27
Очень интересно отдать полный доступ к своему телефону белорусской команде. А так да, генильное приложение.
Вадим wrote September 4, 2012 at 12:30
Программа все равно будет известна в мире как израильский продукт. А наши как всегда будут искать беларуские корни во всем. Вот и все, ничего не меняется. И что значит, придумали? Тот, кто придумал, тот и молодец. А исполнители - дело стороннее, тут и индусы бы справилсь. наши наверное дешевле.
Мяркулаў wrote September 4, 2012 at 14:07
Масад і КДБ паціраюць далоні
Уладзімер Русаковіч wrote September 4, 2012 at 14:31
Артыкул па-ангельску цалкам шмат цікавейшы за беларускамоўны скарот Андрэя Сьмятаньнікава для Пакаленьня Y апісаньнем адпачынку беларускіх супрацоўнікаў пад Берасьцем.
Сырок разладу wrote September 4, 2012 at 17:31
Да... цікавы ізраільскі праект... Асабліва зацівіла фраза: Тут працуюць, калі верыць Bloomberg, «вымуштраваныя ў матэматыцы, фізіцы і іншым навуках маладыя энтузіясты» Толькі у Беларусі яны змаглі знайсці такіх працоўнікоў... Бо Энтузіаст, гэта: Человек, делающий какое-то значимое для общества дело по собственной инициативе, в силу внутренних убеждений, без получения прямой выгоды. Примеры: разработка ПО с открытым кодом, правка статей википедии, организация обществ защиты природы и т. п. http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Энтузиазм ПН. «вымуштраваныя энтузіясты» - а гэта што за такая невядомая фігня?
скептик wrote September 4, 2012 at 17:46
Сырок разладу напiсаў(ла) Какой мощный источник: русскоязычная википедия. Небось сам там же и написал. Не слышал такого выражения - энтузиаст своего дела?
Сырок разладу wrote September 4, 2012 at 18:47
скептик а ты спачатку пачытай "мощный источник: русскоязычная википедия", тамака пра гэта і пішацца У чым супярэчнасць - "энтузиаст своего дела"? а дзе ты "энтузиаст ЧУЖОГА дела" слыхаў?
Сырок разладу wrote September 4, 2012 at 22:13
Тьфу на вас. Пісалі б адразу, што гэта рэклямная акцыя. А то на http://jobs.tut.by/employer/1005038?nocookies у гэтую суперкаманду патрабуюцца усе спецыялісты (што ня дзіўна), нават "Руководитель разработки Viber, 29 августа" (што дзіўна, няма нікога з сваіх нават назначыць?)
777 Портвейн wrote October 5, 2012 at 8:48
Согласен с Меркуловым. Думаю, что это и есть проект КГБ и МОСАДа. А вы ребята подключайте туда все от ПК и далее по ряду...
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