SAO PAULO, July 23 Any Brazilian wireless
carrier left out of the next fourth-generation (4G) spectrum
auction is likely to face merger pressure from other players,
the superintendent of competition at telecom regulator Anatel
said in a Wednesday interview.
Anatel's Carlos Baigorri said Grupo Oi is the
Brazilian carrier facing the greatest financial difficulties
ahead of the auction but that he has full confidence that the
company will participate. Oi is the only major operator in
Brazil that has not announced it is bidding in the auction,
which will likely take place in about a month.
(Reporting by Brad Haynes and Alberto Alerigi Jr.)