June 10, 2016 IBOMLLC Team

Is This New Taxi-hailing App Littlecabs The Uber Killer In Kenya?

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Uber has been aggressive on the charm offensive in many markets across the globe. Indeed, it has disrupted the local taxi industry here in Kenya, much to the displeasure of the tradition taxi drivers. Well, it might be time for Uber to switch to defensive tactics as a new taxi-hailing app, Littlecabs enters the Kenyan market.

Littlecabs is a new ride-hailing app made through a partnership between Kenya’s largest telecom company Safaricom and a local software developer. The telecom’s CEO Bob Collymore revealed to Reuters that Littlecabs will be unveiled to the public in three weeks’ time.

It is effectively a rival for Uber. It is a local competitor which will be cheaper and better for the local community,” Collymore told Reuters in an interview.

Uber launched in Kenya in early 2015 and took off because it was offering commuters lower prices and convenience of not haggling with the drivers over fares. Something the traditional taxi drive did not take lightly; some felt angered enough to attack Uber drivers with at least two reported incidences of Uber cabs being torched. These attacks lead to six regular taxi operators …read more

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