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Grab to launch bus services in Myanmar


Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing giant, Grab, will expand its offerings in Myanmar by launching bus services in Yangon, as part of its 2019 plan to improve user experience in the frontier country. ‘GrabShuttle’ is among four new ride-hailing services that Grab plans to introduce in Myanmar during 2019. The bus shuttle aims to facilitate connectivity to offices and universities.

Grab is also launching options for booking a cab through a call center or online portal with its GrabCall and Grab Web Booking options. It is also launching its service, Rent, that allows users to book a car with a dedicated driver.

Alvin Loh, acting country manager, of Grab Myanmar told local media that, “We will continue to innovate and evolve our offerings to create a more efficient transport network and improve the experiences of our driver partners and passengers.”

At the same time the company announced its plans for Myanmar, it also announced that as of January 20, 2019, Grab has facilitated 3 billion rides across six countries in Southeast Asia.

Related to its Myanmar operations, Grab claims that it saw a 300% increase in overall daily bookings and rides in Yangon in 2018 compared to 2017. It launched GrabShare and GrabThoneBane, its three-wheel bike service in Mandalay and Bagan, in 2018.

In Myanmar, Grab competes with local brands GetRide, Oway Ride and Ok Taxi across the country. Meanwhile, FastGo, a ride-hailing brand from Vietnam, has also launched in Myanmar and is planning to roll out its services across Myanmar throughout 2019.



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