Grab and gojek, just who dominate ride-hailing and meals delivery in south-east asia, each informed their employees on thursday they had been able of energy ahead of a possible merger.

The two start-ups have been urged to combine forces by their particular investors, particularly softbank, after fierce and pricey rivalry for market share.

Three individuals with direct understanding of the merger talks said there was in fact progress within the last month or two, but that the two sides remained split on whom should get a handle on indonesia, south-east asias biggest market and gojeks house grass. a deal, if a person happens, had been likely to be several months away, the individuals said.

On thursday, grabs president and leader, anthony tan, emailed their employees to express that grab was in a position to obtain.

As a result, gojeks joint chief professionals kevin aluwi and andre soelistyo, informed their staff there was no pressing basis for gojek to complete a deal with grab. we have been well capitalised while having sufficient runway to keep to use and grow our business for years to come, they stated.

Our investor list could be the jealousy of each and every other pre-ipo business worldwide, with google, tencent, facebook, paypal, and many more continuing to toss their weight behind united states, they said.

An offer between grab, appreciated at almost $15bn and gojek, last appreciated at close to $10bn, is the biggest tech merger in south-east asia. get runs in eight nations in the area while gojek runs in five areas but is many dominant in indonesia.they would be the top two players in many markets.

Under one proposal mr tan would become chief executive of the blended team, with gojek executives running the indonesia system under the gojek brand name. an additional arrangement, gojek would still have a big share within the merged entity but there is combined branding in indonesia. many proposals may also be on the table.

Joko widodo, indonesias president, features demonstrated public support for tech players such as for instance gojek by reversing a ban on on line taxi applications initially implemented by their transportation minister. this past year, he appointed nadiem makarim, gojeks cofounder, as education and heritage minister.

One internet analyst, who asked to stay private, warned your only loser would be customers. a merger just produces a monopoly and much more costly services for consumers.