FORRESTER Research, one of the world’s leading research and consulting companies, has revealed that five dominant players will control Europe’s mobile phone networks by 2015.

The research revealed that mergers and takeovers would be needed because third-generation mobile phone services will not move into profit until two years before.

Forrester said that the companies emerging successful would include the UK's Vodafone Group, Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobil, France Telecom's Orange and British Telecommunications' BT Cellnet.

The fifth big player would either be Royal KPN of the Netherlands, Spain's Telefonica, Telecom Italia or NTT DoCoMo of Japan.

Forrester drew its conclusions after its research suggested European mobile network operators would face operating losses from 2007. (MB)

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