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Business News of Thursday, 11 May 2017


Uber to extend services to Kumasi by September 2017

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Kumasi, arguably the second busiest City after the country’s capital, Accra stands to benefit from Uber services by close of the third quarter, this year, this is according to General Manger of Uber Sub-Saharan Africa, Alon Lits.

Mr. Lits explained that the introduction in the Ashanti Region would be complete by September 2017.

The American multinational online transportation network has gained popularity since its inception in the Ghanaian transport space and is very well known for its reliability and affordability.

According to the 2014 World Bank reports, mobile phone penetration exceeded 100% in Ghana, compared to 1% in 2000, an indication that Ghanaians are more inclined now to information technology-enabled services than they were previously. The increasing availability of high-speed Internet, also facilitates the use of mobile applications such as Uber app.

Touching on what exactly the company does, Mr. Lits explained that Uber is not a transport company but a technology corporation that connects riders to drivers on an online platform.

He maintained that Uber is an open and none exclusive platform, which welcomes all who implore its usage to increase their chances for profit; citing taxi drivers who are already using the technology to boost their incomes.

He said this to allay fears amongst Local taxi drivers who claim they have been thrown out of business since the ride-hailing company entered the Ghanaian transport scene.

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