U.S. authorities OK Softbank's takeover of Sprint
Jiji Press -- Jul 04
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission gave its approval Wednesday to Softbank Corp.'s acquisition of Sprint Nextel Corp., according to U.S. media reports.

The U.S. regulator's approval means that the Japanese telecommunications and Internet company met all the requirements for the takeover of Sprint, the third largest U.S. mobile operator, and is set to make its inroad into the U.S. telecommunications market.

Source: Jiji Press
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