Uber, meanwhile, has hit the road with the launch of its UberX service this week with government approval.
The company may be synonymous with upsetting regulators —while allegations of bribery have also emerged lately— but its recent moves have been more conciliatory. Uber’s press announcement included a quote from Cambodia’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport providing its blessing and comments from the U.S. Ambassador.
Cambodia becomes Uber’s 78th country, and Grab’s eighth. The duo’s arrival is likely to put pressure on local services which include Exnet.
Note: Post updated to clarify that Grab has not launched its service in Cambodia yet.