Brazil telco Oi has agreed to acquire fellow regional player Brasil Telecom in a deal valued at about $3.5 billion. The announcement comes after months of speculation, but reportedly will require some regulatory rule changes by Brazilian regulator Anatel. Oi and Brasil Telecom likely are trying to put a competitive dent in local operations run by Spain's Telefoncia and by Mexico's America Movil. The move also comes as many vendors, such as Tellabs, are eyeing Latin America as a land of opportunity for new equipment contracts.
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