Ola, Uber’s largest Indian rival, announced Tuesday which the idea will launch in Australia in early 2018, marking the first country outside India which the ride-hailing service will operate in.
Uber currently operates in more than 20 cities across Australia along with is usually the dominant ride-hailing service within the country.
Ola, which was started off in 2011, claims a network of more than one million drivers along with 125 million customers across 110 Indian cities.
“We are very excited about launching Ola in Australia along with see immense potential for the ride-sharing ecosystem which embraces brand-new technology along with innovation,” said Bhavish Aggarwal, Ola’s CEO along with co-founder, in a press statement. “that has a strong focus on driver-partners along with the community at large, we aim to create a high-quality along with affordable travel experience for citizens along with look forward to contributing to a healthy mobility ecosystem in Australia.”
Ola said the idea has already started off recruiting drivers in Sydney, Melbourne, along with Perth, along with is usually working on getting regulatory approvals via Australian authorities.
Ola won’t be Uber’s only ride-hailing competitor in Australia. In November, European ride-hailing service Taxify launched in Sydney, along with later expanded to Melbourne.