Basil Alwan

Co-President of IP/Optical Networks


Basil was formerly President of IP Routing and Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, which was acquired by Nokia in 2016. Basil joined Alcatel in 2003 through the acquisition of privately held TiMetra Networks. TiMetra was a venture-backed Silicon Valley start-up focused on service routers for IP/MPLS networks where he was founder, President and CEO. Today, Nokia holds the #2 global market position in both service provider IP/MPLS routing and Optical networking, and wholly-owned venture Nuage Networks is a leader in the fast-emerging software-defined networking space. Basil is a recognized industry leader who enjoys working with entrepreneurs and sharing views on networking technology and industry evolution. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, in 1984, with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. •Joined Nokia in 2016 •President of IP Routing and Transport, Alcatel-Lucent 2012-2016 •President of IP Division, Alcatel-Lucent 2003–2012 •Founder, President and CEO, TiMetra Networks 2000–2003 •Vice President and General Manager, Bay Networks (acquired by Nortel) Enterprise Products Division (EPD) 1997–2000 •Vice President of Product Management and Marketing, Rapid City Communications 1996–1997