Ola Expands Its Operations, Enters Melbourne

| April 12 , 2018 , 17:24 IST

After successfully launching operations in Perth and Sydney, Bengaluru-based cab-aggregator Ola is now expanding its operations in the Australian market. The company has started its ridesharing venture in Melbourne and has also hired a local team to build partnerships and support driver-partners.

Ola on Thursday announced that it has begun offering free rides in Australia's Melbourne city as a soft launch of its services with local driver-partners. The company, however, did not specify how many free rides the passengers can avail, and up to what distance, in Melbourne.

On January 30, Ola had announced its foray into the international market to rival US-based Uber. It began its operations in Australia in February starting with Perth and entered Sydney a month later.

"Over the coming months, the rollout of operations in Australia will continue with cities like Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide, Darwin and Hobart," a statement from Ola said.

Ola’s focus is on investing in driver-partners and supporting them with new technology, training, and ways to increase earnings. Since launching in Perth and Sydney, the service has received a strong response from driver-partners with over 15,000 registrations.

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Ola claims to have 125 million users in 110 cities across the country.