Viber to open second R&D center in Ukraine

The Japanese tech firm Rakuten, which owns the popular messaging app Viber, plans to open a second research and development center in Ukraine, Ukraine’s Digital Transformation Ministry announced late on Feb. 4.

The new office will open in Kyiv, expanding on the company’s first location in Odesa, the Black Sea city some 600 kilometers south of Kyiv where the company has 120 employees.

Rakuten also plans to initiate internships and educational projects for students as well as to support local entrepreneurs

Over the past twelve months Google, Amazon subsidiary Ring and payment service provider Paymentwall also opened R&D centers in the Ukrainian capital.

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Topics: International, IT services, Kyiv, Regions
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