NEW YORK — Verizon Communications neared a long-anticipated deal Sunday to buy the 45 percent stake in its wireless business held by Vodafone for about $130 billion, heralding a continued sweeping realignment of the global telecommunications landscape.
Though a deal may have little effect on Verizon Wireless’s nearly 100 million subscribers at first, it would ripple through the industry and Wall Street, with both having closely watched the back-and-forth of the negotiations for months.
The companies were expected to announce the deal Monday, barring last-minute hiccups, said people briefed on the matter.
It would be the third-biggest takeover of all time, according to data from Thomson Reuters. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.