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It’s been 9 months because we first caught wind of Softbank’s $20.6 billion acquisition of a majority stake in Sprint, and the story is finally coming to a close.

Japanese mobile carrier Softbank revealed today that it anticipates the offer to close on Wednesday, July 10th after 9 months of numerous obstacles. The FCC accepted the merger on July Fifth.

Here’s the official wording:

SoftBank Corp. will invest approximately USD 21.6 billion (around JPY 1.8 trillion *) in Sprint Nextel Corporation and currently anticipates consummating the deal on July 10, 2013 (EDT).

This comes after a current quote from Meal for a whopping $25.5 billion, which would’ve successfully stolen Sprint right from under Softbank’s nose (a nose, I may advise you, worth $20 billion). Dish threw its hat in the ring in April, long after Softbank and Sprint confirmed their betrothal, at a time when networks were combining all over the location.

Dish, at the time, was also rumored to be thinking about T-Mobile, which itself was in the midst of merging with MetroPCS.

Sprint, the country’s 3rd largest carrier with 55 million clients, reported that it had formed a committee to examine the offer from Dish. Dish had actually taken a clear interest in the mobile video consumption practices of wireless users, a concept it had actually provided to push, experts, and investors.

Despite considering it, Sprint asked that the FCC continue its review of the Softbank offer, which was 140 days into the 180-day duration when Dish made the offer and asked the FCC to halt the procedure. After all, the duo had put lots of work into the merger.

Months long before this, in December, the Softbank-Sprint deal faced a smaller spat concerning a secondary deal with Sprint and Clearwire. As a regard to the Softbank merger, Sprint wasn’t enabled to get Clearwire for anything even more than $2.97 / share, or $2.2 billion. Sprint had initially provided $2.90 / share for 100 percent stake in the broadband provider.

Clearwire had told Reuters in mid-December that the offer was simply too low, and that they were trying to find something in the range of $5/share. Three days later on, nevertheless, Sprint closed the deal for exactly $2.97 / share, the optimum it might pay under the terms of its agreement with Softbank.

Yet today, 7 months after Sprint closed its Clearwire offer, three months after Meal tried to snatch Sprint far from Softbank, and 3 days after the FCC provided the offer a go, Softbank believes this is the homestretch.