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SoftBank angling for growth through Sprint, T-Mobile union

Japanese company aims to cover for possible earnings slowdown at home

Masayoshi Son, CEO of Sprint parent SoftBank Group, likely will bring a merger proposal soon to Deutsche Telekom, which owns T-Mobile U.S.

TOKYO/LONDON -- SoftBank Group's overture to merge its American unit with T-Mobile U.S. is driven by a sense of urgency amid concern that core mobile services in Japan may be losing momentum.

SoftBank's free cash flow in the domestic telecommunications segment exceeded 560 billion yen ($4.91 billion) in fiscal 2016 thanks largely to a robust domestic mobile service business.

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