Robert K. Yates, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., MBA
Mr. Yates is Co-President of LYA and has over 30 years of experience in the telecom industry. Mr. Yates is an expert in spectrum auctions, licensing, telecom and licensing policy and regulation, business case development, wireless and network technologies, strategic marketing and product management, market and demand forecasting, segmentation analysis, and enterprise valuation.
Mr. Yates has participated in many licensing processes, developed auction strategy, bidding tactics, including game analysis, valued licenses and assessed the financial viability of mobile and fixed wireless services. Mr. Yates has provided bid room support and analyses for clients in a number of clock and SMRA auctions.
Mr. Yates has been instrumental in the development of in-depth business cases including for wireless and mobile broadband networks driving spectrum usage based on subscriber demand characteristics. He has worked closely with clients on the assessment of competitive entry, forecasting of spectrum demand, and in the development of policy proposals in public consultations.
Mr. Yates also supports clients via expert testimony in regulatory proceedings and public consultations. Testimony has been focused on industry competitive structure, spectrum licensing, technologies and deployment in various fixed and mobile bands, auction policy and framework rules, foreign ownership, broadband network evolution, interconnection, cost structures and business economics.
Mr. Yates has contributed to LYA’s published Reports and has provided many customized analyses to clients.
Mr. Yates holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering (1979) and a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering – Management Science/Operations Research (1983), both from the University of Toronto. He completed Concordia University’s Executive MBA Program in Montreal in 1992 and has a Certificate of Competency in French from McGill University. Prior to embarking on a career as a consultant, Mr. Yates spent 10 years with Bell Canada and Nortel Networks in engineering, product management and marketing roles.