Ofo has launched its bike rental service in Thailand, unannounced, our founder and CEO Gang Lu has learned at the Techsauce conference in Bangkok.

Ofo has already established a subsidiary and begun operations with the first batch of 500 bikes targeting university students in the capital Bangkok. The bikes will be placed directly on the streets as has been seen across China, and more recently in the US, UK and Singapore.

The ofo stand at the Techsauce conference in Thailand (Image credit: TechNode)

The launch has been kept under wraps as the first batch is intended to be a trial. Local Thai ofo staff revealed that the company is already testing the water in other parts of Southeast Asia. Staff are hopeful about the uptake of ofo in Bangkok, in part due to the city’s horrendous traffic conditions.

Our man on the scene, TechNode founder and CEO Gang Lu, checked with ofo founder Austin Zhang who replied, “rapid spread, yellow will cover the world” (“快速拓展,黄遍全球”), echoing previous statements.

Frank Hersey

Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...

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