British telecom carrier Vodafone PLC is in final talks to acquire a 15 percent stake in Japan Telecom Co. for roughly $2.5 billion, industry sources said Monday.

Vodafone, the largest mobile phone operator in Britain, is considering buying shares in Japan Telecom held by Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) and West Japan Railway Co., two of the seven domestic railway firms that founded it, the sources said.

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