Ola is laying the groundwork to launch operations in the UK soon, two people familiar with the expansion plans told The Ken. The company plans to set up shop in Manchester first and then expand to other parts of the country. London is on the list, but it all depends on getting a license in the capital. A timeline has not been set yet. Ola recently hired Chandra Nath, who was flown in from Palo Alto to anchor all expansion plans.

The UK is a huge market for ride-hailing companies.