Intelig, the competitive long-distance carrier, expects to close a deal for the use of Embratel?s IP backbone within the next fortnight. For Alain Rivière, director of regulatory affairs, what?s missing is a firm commitment from Embratel. This will materialize soon, he believes, because Anatel will require an agreement as a precondition for awarding the incumbent a license to offer local service. ?Just as Anatel required Telefonica to offer Embratel co-billing, I expect it to require that Embratel sign an IP backbone interconnection agreement with Intelig,? he says.