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Softbank says to acquire eAccess in share swap

TOKYO, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Softbank Corp , Japan's No.3 mobile carrier, said on Monday it will to buy smaller operator eAccess Ltd through a share swap, aiming to complete the transaction in February.

The deal will be valued at around 200 billion yen ($2.6 billion), the Nikkei business daily said earlier on its Website.

(Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Michael Watson)

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Keywords: EACCESS SOFTBANK/ACQUIRE