US telecom service firms Sprint and T-Mobile were nearing a deal valued about $32 billion and likely to be scrutinized by anti-trust regulators, US media reported Wednesday.
The Wall Street Journal and others indicated that under the terms of the deal, which could still fall apart, Sprint would acquire rival T-Mobile for $40 a share.
The merger would unite the third and fourth largest US telecom service providers to compete with market leaders Verizon and AT&T.
Sprint and T-Mobile were also reported to be considering teaming up to take part in an auction next year of airwaves being freed from use by television broadcasters.
Explore further: Amazon ups Ohio jobs to 1,000, begins collecting sales taxes (Update)