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Ola expands in Australia, begins service in Melbourne

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Indian cab hailing firm Ola today said it has started operations in Melbourne, expanding its services in the Australian market.

In February, the company had kick-started its services in with In January, the SoftBank-backed company had announced its plans to foray into the Australian market

Ola continues to receive positive response from driver-partners with over 15,000 registrations across Australia, the company said in a statement.

Ola offers driver-partners in 7.5 per cent introductory commission rate and daily payments, helping them earn more money, it added.

We've been humbled by the response from passengers and drivers alike in and Sydney, and are incredibly excited about launching Ola in Melbourne, Ola (of International) said.

The company said it is working with local stakeholders to continue its rollout in Australia, with future launch cities including and the Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide, and

Ola's main competitor in the Australian market is Interestingly, is also an investor in

launched its operations in in 2012 and currently operates in 19 Australian cities including the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and

The companies are already locked in an intense battle for leadership in the Indian market.

They compete not only in the ride-sharing space in but also delivery, with Ola acquiring Foodpanda's business. US-based Uber runs on-demand delivery app UberEATs in select Indian cities.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 10:20 IST