TOKYO Dec 25 Japan's SoftBank Corp is
in talks to acquire U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc
and is discussing funding for a deal with financial
institutions, sources close to the matter said on Wednesday.
SoftBank is talking with T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom AG
and hopes to take a majority stake in T-Mobile
through its recently acquired U.S. subsidiary Sprint Corp
in the financial year starting next April, one of the sources
The Nikkei business daily reported on Wednesday that
SoftBank was in the final stages of talks with Deutsche Telekom
about acquiring T-Mobile, the No. 4 U.S. wireless service
Experts have said that a deal between Sprint and T-Mobile
could face close scrutiny from U.S. regulators due to concerns
about market concentration.