As Co-Founder and CEO, Eric R. Handa has built APTelecom (www.aptelecom.com) into a globally recognized leader in telecom consulting. Since launching in 2009, Handa has grown APTelecom from a start-up business to an award-winning global organization which has generated over US $315 million in sales for clients, and has been named the Sales Team of the Year by the Global Customer Sales and Service Awards, as well as a Silver Award winner of the 2014 Fastest Growing Company EMEA by the Best in Business Awards. Telecom Review Magazine awarded APTelecom the Best VAS Consulting Company in 2016 and 2017.
APTelecom has pioneered financing options for new submarine cables with off-take pre-sale agreements, IRU options with economies of scales (upgrade rights), and fixing distressed assets for existing submarine cable systems. Handa has been instrumental in helping APTelecom achieve scale on a global level, client reach now covers every continent on the globe, and along with other APTelecom executives, Handa has made in-country visits in more than 50 countries to support clients across the world.
Handa is an experienced telecommunications executive with expertise spanning global management, sales, and leadership roles. Prior to founding APTelecom, Handa worked for AT&T, Tyco Electronics, Tata, and Bharti Airtel in a number of senior operations, research, and sales assignments. Handa has covered, and resided (fourteen years overseas Hong Kong, Singapore, London) in a multitude of primary and emerging markets across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and South America. He is an expert contributor to Wired.com’s “Innovation Insights” section, and is regularly quoted by the most prestigious global media outlets in the world on the topic of telecom in emerging markets, including Entrepreneur Radio, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Telecom Review North America, SubTel Forum, CommsDay, and Fierce Telecom. Handa is a Pacific Telecom Council (PTC.org) innovation awards judge.
Under Handa’s leadership, APTelecom has also developed a culture of giving back, and established its signature “State of Subsea” series, which is a 501c charity. APTelecom has donated more than 10% of its profit annually since inception (www.stateofsubsea.com). Handa is an avid supporter and volunteer of Habit for Humanity and Bloom Again Foundation.
Handa graduated with high honors (Omicron Delta Epsilon) from Bryant University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, He was named in 2013 the University Young Alumnus of the Year Winner and sits on the College of Business Deans Council board at Bryant University. He later completed the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business Executive MBA program in Hong Kong and Chicago at DePaul University. He also attended the executive education program at the University of Chicago as a sponsored executive. Handa is a member of the Asia Society and the US Chamber of Commerce ICT Committee. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese. Handa co-founded and sits on the board of Stratanet Group (www.stratanetgroup.com) having led the 12 Asian nation network expansion (12.8Tbps) of fiber and various capital raises covering 20 cities from inception and its investment in Loxley Networks (LXT) as a 33% JV partner (Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar). Handa is a member of SABR (Baseball Empirical Society) and was a college baseball player, he is vegan.