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Dr. Robert Roche

Dr. Robert F. Roche has headed CTIA’s Research Department since January 1993, and is responsible for directing CTIA's surveys, and providing research findings and background information about the wireless industry to the media, industry analysts, representatives of government agencies and foreign governments and businesses. Dr. Roche has helped develop a number of wireless industry metrics for both CTIA and its affiliates, as well as for third-party accounting and survey firms.

Dr. Roche co-authors CTIA’s comprehensive semi-annual report on the U.S. wireless industry CTIA's Wireless Industry Indices Report, and the CTIA Insight series and has written numerous papers on wireless industry performance and communications policy, including “Wireless Local Loop Around the World,” “Competition and the Wireless Industry,” “The Who, What and Why of Calling Party Pays,” “Reinventing Competition: The Wireless Paradigm and the Information Age” and “PCS Predictions and Prescriptions: Highlights from 32 Studies and Reports on the Prospects for PCS.”

Dr. Roche has spoken on wireless measurement and performance at numerous venues, addressing visiting delegations of international service providers and regulators, as well as government- and industry-sponsored conferences on wireless issues.

Quick Facts on the U.S. Wireless Industry

A couple of weeks ago, we released our semi-annual survey. With the year-end 2012 numbers, the industry continues to grow and invest despite the current economy. The fact that our members spent the highest ever in capital expenditures in 2012 shows that they are focused on providing their customers – you and me – the [...]

CTIA Year-End 2012 Semi-Annual Wireless Industry Survey

Today, we released CTIA’s year-end semi-annual survey and CTIA’s Wireless Industry Indices report (the comprehensive round-up and analysis of the survey results). Once again, the wireless industry survey reveals some extraordinary results. Capital investment, for example, reached an all-time high in 2012. Wireless carriers invested more than $30 billion in capital in the U.S. in [...]

Mid-Year 2012 CTIA Wireless Industry Indices Report Now Available

CTIA’s mid-year 2012 Indices report is now available and provides users with a comprehensive look at the state of the U.S. wireless industry from 1985 through June 2012. Capturing data from companies serving 97 percent of all estimated wireless subscribers, it is a comprehensive overview of wireless in America.  Few other reports have the historical [...]

The Truth about the Wireless Spectrum Crisis

I’ve been at CTIA for 19 years, which means that I’ve been responsible for our semi-annual survey since 1993. As those who have worked with me know, I’m a stickler for the facts and ensuring we’re 100% honest and on the “up and up” when it comes to how we convey the statistics. So forgive [...]

Investment + Commitment + Spectrum = Benefits for Wireless Consumers

In our initial comments for the FCC’s 16th Annual Mobile Competition Report, we shared data from our semi-annual survey that proves the U.S. wireless industry is competitive which means great benefits for consumers. In our reply comments, we provided third party research that shows the U.S. leads the world in wireless even though we have [...]

CTIA Wireless Industry Indices Report: Now Available

Since 1985, CTIA has conducted an in-depth analysis of industry wide data drawn from member and non-member wireless service providers. This data reflects the results for companies serving 95% of wireless subscribers as of December 31, 2011. Here are some of the highlights from our most recent semi-annual survey (as of December 31, 2011): Wireless [...]

CTIA Survey Show More Wireless Devices than Americans

For the first time in the history of CTIA’s Semi-Annual Survey, there are more active wireless devices than Americans! As CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent announced from the CTIA ENTERPRISE & APPLICATIONS™ keynote stage, as of June 2011, there were more wireless subscriber connections (322.9 million) than the population of the U.S. and its territories [...]

10 Most Popular Questions on the U.S. Wireless Industry

In this dynamic and constantly evolving wireless industry, we’ve accepted the fact that there is no “final” draft in our Wireless Industry Overview …or any of our industry overview documents. Instead, we’re always updating these “living” documents. But while the industry keeps changing, as the head of research, I’ve noticed I’m consistently asked the following [...]