Indian ride-sharing major Ola has now expanded its services in Australia to three more cities — Brisbane, Gold Coast and Canberra.
“Customers in these cities can book discounted rides using Ola app starting Tuesday,” the online cab aggregator said in a statement.
The company entered the island-nation in January 2018 and has been operating in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. So far, over 30,000 driver-partners have registered themselves with the company, according to the statement.
“Over the coming months, Ola is working with local stakeholders to continue its rollout in Australia, with future launch cities including Adelaide, Darwin and Hobart,” it added.
The company is also planning a ‘community town hall’ for its driver-partners in Sydney in the coming weeks. The first town hall was held in Perth recently.
“As we continue to expand across Australia, we have seen that customers and driver-partners are choosing Ola over competitors for the best rideshare experience possible. By doing so, everyone is choosing an affordable and better way to move,” said Chandra Nath, vice-president, Head of International.
Ola’s primary competitor in the Australian market is US-based Uber, with which it is locked in an intense battle for leadership in the Indian market.
Uber launched its operations in Australia in 2012 and currently operates in 19 Australian cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra.
Founded in 2011, the company claims to have over 125 million users and more than 1 million driver-partners across 110 cities in India. On an aggregate basis, the Bengaluru-based company serves 1 billion rides annually through its platform.